Brant W. Smith

Managing Director

Brant has extensive direct endowment experience, managing all aspects of traditional and alternative investments including sourcing, due diligence, structuring, positioning, risk management, and monitoring managers and portfolios.

He is the former Managing Director of Research at Vanderbilt University’s Office of Investments, where he was responsible for the investment and operational due diligence process across all asset classes in the portfolio. Brant was also a key person in generating investment leads across the globe, solidifying the depth and quality of Vanderbilt’s manager relationships.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2007, Brant spent eight years with Emory University’s endowment, where he was a Senior Investment Analyst covering liquid alternatives, global equities and fixed income. He was responsible for managing relationships with current and prospective managers and put to work over $2 billion in new investments during his tenure. His primary duties included due diligence, manager monitoring, portfolio analysis, risk analysis, capital market research and asset allocation analysis.

Brant is a graduate of Emory University (1999) with a BBA from the Goizueta Business School. He received his MBA with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Business (2010). Brant is also a CFA charter holder and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Nashville.