Fellows Directory

Joanna Rupp

University of Chicago

Joanna is the Managing Director of Private Equity for the University of Chicago's $7.1 billion endowment, which has a 13.5% target to private equity including US buyout, US venture, and international. Joanna manages a three-person team and is responsible for portfolio construction and manager selection. She joined the endowment in 2001 and has held a number of positions, including Director of Public Equity, Chief Operating Officer, and Managing Director of Pensions.

As part of the senior leadership team, Joanna is also a member of the Asset Allocation, Liquidity, and internal Investment Committees.

Joanna is on the Steering Committee for the Midwest Chapter of Women's Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE) and an active member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network.

Her previous professional experience includes investment banking with Security Capital Group and Goldman Sachs, and fixed income portfolio management with U.S. Central Credit Union.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Joanna graduated from University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in business and holds an MBA, cum laude, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Joanna has actively volunteered, including serving as President of the Board and on the Finance Commission, for Deborah's Place, Chicago's largest provider of housing and services to homeless women.

Joanna is a hiking enthusiast and enjoys collaborating with her daughter to perfect the ultimate brownie recipe.

A member of Class 21, Joanna served her fellowship at the University of Chicago.