Learning By Doing
The GW Investment Institute teaches students at George Washington University how to think about investing and invest. Undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing; they serve as analysts and portfolio managers, managing approximately $8 million in university endowment funds across four student investment funds covering: equities, real estate, and quantitative investing. We also teach a class on venture capital. The GW Investment Institute shares market insights and research and links students to industry and industry professionals.
An important part of our program is the culminating project where students combine everything they have learned into an investment pitch using the GW Investment Institute framework. Students then vote to determine changes to our portfolios. We hope that you can join us on Friday, April 29 to view the pitches for the GW Phillips Student Investment Fund. Register here.
Faculty, Staff & Teaching Assistants
Mr. Lake teaches graduate and undergraduate finance courses primarily associated with and developed by the GW Investment Institute. Students enrolled in these courses manage university endowment capital through the GW Investment Institute’s student investment funds, consisting of multiple funds across different asset classes and with more than $7 million of assets under management (AUM) as of January 2021.
Mr. Lake serves as the director of the GW Investment Institute where in addition to teaching courses associated with student investment funds he oversees the portfolios; connects with alumni and industry practitioners; leads the GW Investment Institute Live Show and other events; and oversees GW Investment Institute’s day-to-day operations, including staff and budget.
Additionally, Mr. Lake serves as vice dean for undergraduate programs, working towards achieving GW’s mission of excellence. Prior to this leadership position, he served as a co-chair for the Department of Finance at GWSB for several years.
Mr. Lake serves as GW Faculty Member in Residence. The program is a partnership between Academic Affairs and the Center for Student Engagement. It provides faculty members with unique opportunities to connect with students in a residential setting. The faculty facilitate educational and cultural development activities in their community, such as: programs, events, and informal interactions with GW residential students.
Mr. Lake serves as a member of GW’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Leadership Council and for several years served as a mentor-in-residence for the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He continues to provide guidance, coaching, support, and connections to students interested in entrepreneurship and finance overall.
Mr. Lake serves in some opportunistic roles such as, co-host for George Talks Business, a team coach for student competitions, as a mentor for student teams in GW’s New Venture Competition, as a judge for George Hacks, hackathons that facilitate the application of classroom knowledge to real-world medical issues, and as an advisory committee member for the GWU Credit Union Initiative, which seeks to start a chartered student-run credit union at GW.
Honors and Awards
- GW School of Business, 2021 Dean’s Teaching Awards - Teaching Award for Specialized Faculty Recipient
- GW School of Business, 2020 Dean’s Awards for Excellence - Faculty Service Award Recipient
- GW School of Business, 2020 Faculty Awards - Outstanding Global Master of Business Administration Faculty Award Recipient
- GW Student Life Awards - Nominated in 2019 for the The Honey Nashman Spark A Life Award for Faculty Member of the Year
Prior to Mr. Lake’s current appointment in the GWSB Department of Finance and the GW Investment Institute, Mr. Lake worked as a senior investment officer in the George Washington University Investment Office. The GW Investment Office was responsible for managing the university’s then $1.5 billion endowment fund.
Prior to the GW Investment Office, he was a senior financial analyst in the Executive Vice President and Treasurer’s Office at GW, where he served as an internal consultant for projects ranging from financial and optimization modeling to developing spin-out strategies and valuations for internal businesses. Prior to joining GW, he was a financial analyst in portfolio management at a mortgage banking subsidiary of California Federal Bank (now part of Citi).
Mr. Lake graduated cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He received his MBA from the George Washington University.
Mr. Miller is a senior financial associate with RBC Wealth Management and joined the Ross Group in 2015. He serves as a member of the portfolio team working on client portfolio construction, management, and allocation. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, he worked at FBR Capital Markets in its Institutional Equity Sales & Trading group and then at Fannie Mae as part of its Fixed Income Securities Marketing group. Matt holds his Series 7 and 66 security licenses.
Born and raised in the D.C. area, Matt is from Laytonsville, MD, and graduated from Good Counsel High School. He attended Cornell University where he graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in communication, concentrating in applied economics and management. While attending Cornell, Matt was a four year member of the Varsity Baseball team, and served as captain of the team his senior year.
Matt earned his MBA in finance and investments from The George Washington University in 2012 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Finance at GW. He teaches a Phillips Student Investment Fund class, which allows students to analyze companies and manage a real-money equity investment portfolio.
As Director of Investment Business Development, Bill is focused on sourcing opportunities for the Venture and Seed Funds. His unique business development background includes all areas of the customer lifecycle, from inside sales to marketing, account management, customer success, and partnerships.
The Venture Funds are an early-stage, evergreen venture capital firm dedicated to growing the next generation of exceptional businesses in Maryland. With $110M in assets under management, the Venture Fund partners with entrepreneurs to build high-growth technology companies that last.
As a lifelong resident of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bill is passionate about bringing the region’s innovative concepts to market. Prior to joining the Venture Fund, Bill worked at GE Digital in the Accelerated Leadership Program (XLP), GE’s premiere leadership development and training program. In his most recent role, he helped build the processes and technology stack for the global customer success organization. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Maryland based startup Grey Matter USA and previously worked at Chevy Chase, MD-based startup WeddingWire.
Bill earned both his MBA, focusing on Strategic Marketing and Finance, and his BA in Environmental Studies and Geography from the George Washington University.
Ms. Jankovic is a program manager at the GW Investment Institute. Prior to joining GW, she worked in management consulting and nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Jankovic received her Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). She holds a graduate certificates in Business Foundations and Financial Management from GWSB and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from the University of Belgrade.
Ms. Hinman is the program associate of the GW Investment Institute. She previously worked as a treasurer at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and I.A.T.S.E. Local 868.
Prior to moving to DC, she worked at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. Born and raised in Alabama, she was valedictorian of Daphne High School class of ‘09.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The University of Alabama. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Telecommunications and Theatre.
John Simmons is a manager and senior research analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. He has held many analytic and management positions over the past 25 years in government service. Additionally, John is a Teaching Assistant for the George Washington Ramsey Student Investment Fund and has been a member of the Investment Institute since August 2019.
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