John Bailey of Darien is one of three people who have joined the board of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Also joining the board of the foundation, headquartered in Norwalk, is Greg Hartch of Greenwich and
Elisabeth Morten of Fairfield. Each new member was elected for a two-year
As leaders in the business community and actively involved
with nonprofits in their towns and across the country, they bring a
wealth of experience to help the Foundation make an impact throughout
Bailey is the founder and portfolio manager
of Spruce Private Investors, which offers funds across all hedge fund
and private investment strategies and manages endowment-style portfolios
as an outsourced chief investment officer for wealthy families,
foundations, and endowments.
Prior to founding Spruce, he ran a
Connecticut-based multi-client family office, where he was responsible
for asset allocation and manager selection.
He also served as a trust
officer at Columbus Circle and a sell-side equity research analyst at
Oppenheimer & Company, covering the insurance, gaming, and lodging
sectors. He earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of
Mr. Hartch, a Greenwich resident, is an executive vice president
& portfolio manager for GE Asset Management in Stamford. He joined
GE in 2002 and has held several positions including head of tactical
asset allocation, director of fixed income research, and managing
director of international real estate.
Currently, he serves as GE’s
strategy leader, is co-lead portfolio manager of GE’s balanced mutual
funds, and serves as a trustee of the GE Pension Trust. Prior to joining
GE, Mr. Hartch worked in investment banking and global markets at
Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
He is a graduate of Princeton
University and the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to
serving as a trustee of the GE Pension Trust, he also serves on the
boards of Brunswick School, GE’s U.S. employee defined con-tribution
plan, and the Elfun Mutual Funds. Mr. Hartch and his wife, Christa, have
Ms. Morten, a Fairfield resident, is a Tony-nominated theatrical
producer and Broadway League Tony voter. She began professional life as a
vocal soloist with operatic, Celtic and contemporary music ensembles in
the US and Europe.
After earning an MBA from UCLA, she became a
chartered financial analyst and investment analyst and portfolio
manager with Citibank and US Steel Pension Fund in New York.
Ms. Morten chaired the State Public Affairs Committee for the New
Jersey Junior Leagues, advocating on behalf of women, children, and
families. As president and chair of the board of trustees of the
Westport Country Playhouse, she oversaw the major renovations of the
She has been involved professionally and as a
volunteer with: Connecticut Grand Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Rice
Council in Zurich, Switzerland, ThinkQuest, the Connecticut Dance
School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Columbia University, Skidmore College, the
New Jersey Junior Leagues, the Broadway League Education Fundraising
Committee, Theatre Communications Group, and the National Council for
the American Theatre.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of
community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life
throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and
organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing
The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and
develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It
is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for
The Foundation has awarded $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visitwww.fccfoundation.org.
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