students attend a GW Investment Institute class in the Capital Markets Trading Room in Duquès Hall


Learning By Doing


The GW Investment Institute is focused on education as well as research and development. The institute serves as a link to industry and industry professionals, and is a platform where our alumni and friends connect. We teach students how to invest and how to think about investing. Our lab is the capital markets, where our students serve as our analysts and portfolio managers; they manage our approximately $6 million in university endowment funds. We teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, and cover topics such as equities, real estate, venture capital, fixed income and quantitative investing.



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photo - Rodney LakeRodney Lake

Mr. Lake is a Teaching Instructor of Finance, the Deputy Chair of the Department of Finance, the Director of the GW Investment Institute, and a GW Faculty Member in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business.

Mr. Lake teaches graduate and undergraduate investment courses, where students manage real capital. To date, the Assets Under Management (AUM) across the GW Investment Institute’s student funds are approximately $5.2 million.

As the deputy chair of the Department of Finance, Mr. Lake assist the chair of the Department of Finance with administrative tasks on classes and ways to enhance the student experience.

Additionally, Mr. Lake is the director of the GW Investment Institute, where he raises capital for the GW student investment funds portfolio and manages employees of the institute on a daily basis.

Mr. Lake has also served as a mentor-in-residence supported by the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Instructor Lake provides guidance, coaching, support and connections to students with a goal to enhance entrepreneurship at GW.

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 that, Mr. Lake 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. He received his MBA from the George Washington University.

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Matthew MillerMatthew Miller

Matt 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.