Raudline Etienne is the Founder and Managing Partner of Daraja Capital, an advisory firm providing strategic advice to start up and early stage boutique asset managers.
Ms. Etienne is a Senior Advisor of the global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG). Her focus is on developing business strategies and expanding opportunities in the investment sector for ASG. Ms. Etienne is a trustee of the Janus Funds Board of Trustees where she represents the interests of fund investors in all matters related to the mutual fund complex. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of Brightwood Capital Advisors, a capital provider to U.S.- based enterprises with EBITDA between $5 million and $75 million in the technology and telecom, energy, business services, healthcare, and franchising verticals.
From 2008 through 2011, Ms. Etienne served as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF), the third largest public pension fund in the United States with assets of $145 billion. As CIO, she oversaw all aspects of CRF’s investment strategy, including asset allocation, policy and governance, investment structure, partner selection, and risk management. Her responsibilities included oversight of 60 professionals and management of a global portfolio of equity, fixed income, hedge funds, real estate, private equity and opportunistic investments. She also was responsible for CRF investment operations, including internal portfolio management, custodial services, and securities lending, as well as management of external investment advisors and consultants.
Previously, Ms. Etienne was a Managing Director, and Co-Head of Non-Traditional Investment Group at Rogerscasey in Darien, Connecticut. She headed consulting relationships for public and corporate retirement systems on issues of investment policy and governance, asset-liability management and asset allocation, and investment manager selection and monitoring. During her 11+ year tenure with Rogerscasey, she developed wide expertise in asset classes, investment strategies, and institutional investment managers.
Ms. Etienne was instrumental in creating the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association where she was a board member, and also served on the Toigo Foundation Governing Board. She was appointed to the International Accounting Standards Board and the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Crisis Advisory Group, which considered financial reporting improvements to enhance investor confidence.
Ms. Etienne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley where she was awarded the Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship and served as President of the Black Business Student Association.