2014 Regional Member Briefing - New York - November 20


Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Join us for a lively exchange of information and ideas with your peers over lunch at this FOX Regional Member Briefing.

Attendance is included with membership, but advance registration is required.


U.S. Trust
114 W 47th Street, 12th Floor
New York  New York  10036
United States
  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • FOX Facilitators
11:00 a.m.  FOX Welcome and Wealth Trends Update
11:15 a.m.  Host presentation during lunch
12:00 p.m.  Peer Dialogue
1:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Host Presentation:

Aligning Your Investments With Your Values

Jason T. Baron, Managing Director & Head Portfolio Manager of Social Investment Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

The increasing popularity of socially responsible investing has, perhaps predictably, given rise to a bewildering number of terms and options. Socially responsible investing may appear most frequently, but you’ll probably come across sustainable and responsible investing (and, if that’s not confusing enough, both of these terms use the acronym SRI), and that’s just for starters. There are socially conscious, responsible, sustainable, impact, “green,” ethical and values-based investing approaches. And finally, ESG — environment, social justice, and corporate governance — investing, which is increasingly common and may well supplant other terms in coming years. (Related approaches in the religious sphere are often referred to as faith-based, or faith-consistent, investing.)
How do you wade through all of this and make sense out of the options? It’s not always easy, but it can be helpful to think about investment opportunities along a spectrum, with zero alignment with your values at one end and 100% alignment (where we also find philanthropy) at the other end.

Jason T. Baron, Managing Director & Head Portfolio Manager of Social Investment Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Jason Baron is the head portfolio manager for Social Investment Strategies at U.S. Trust.  He is the creator of U.S. Trusts “Socially Innovative Investing” suite of products, serving clients across asset classes including domestic equities and domestic taxable corporate fixed income.  Jason is a publishing member of the CIOs Thought Leadership Team where he writes on topics of ESG and sustainability.  He is a frequent guest lecturer on sustainability and social investing topics including at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Harvard Kennedy School, The Yale School of Management, SOCAP, SRI in the Rockies, the Family Office Exchange, Wall Street With Out Walls, the Milken Institute and the Aspen Ideas Festival and others.  Since joining U.S. Trust in 2010, Mr. Baron has brought to U.S. Trust the ability for institutional and high-net-worth clients to align their investment portfolios with their values, while seeking a comparable market rate of return.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Jason served as the group head for the Community Investing Team at Lehman Brothers and later Barclays Wealth Management, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of socially responsible and mission-oriented investment products. He began his career as an equity analyst covering the diversified financial sector at Keefe Bruyette & Woods in their Hartford, CT office and was a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” team in 2003. 
Jason earned his B.S. in business administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington DC where he served as a 1789 ambassador and his M.B.A. from Yale University’s School of Management where he focused on investment management and strategic philanthropy. 
He is a member of the Hitachi Foundation’s investment committee and general Board of Directors, and previously served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of The City School, a Boston based non-profit focused on education.

Heather Asher, Senior Relationship Manager, Family Office Exchange

Heather Asher is a senior relationship manager for Family Office Exchange (FOX). Part of FOX’s family office team, she provides a variety of member services and supports the specific needs for family business-owning members. She also works on FOX’s Next Generation Network by engaging younger family members with education and networking.
Before joining FOX in 2008, Heather served as strategic marketing and events manager at Aon Corporation for seven years. While at Aon, Heather planned and executed more than 100 large-scale events and created the marketing and project execution for Aon’s South America Division. Earlier, she worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. senator and in the foreign policy department at a lobbyist organization. She also has previous experience working in a Chicago-based family office.
Heather has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations/advertising and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with honors from DePaul University with a master’s degree in organizational and multi-cultural communications.

Charles B. Grace, III, Managing Director, Family Office Exchange

Charles B. Grace, III is Managing Director at FOX. Charlie works on strategic planning projects for families and family offices as well as wealth management advisor clients. He has more than 20 years experience in the family office community advising high-net-worth families and has been quoted in various publications on the subject of private wealth management, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Worth Magazine. In addition to his responsibilities at FOX, Charlie has been active on the Board of the single family office Ashbridge, LLC since 1992 and in 2010 was named President. He is a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee of the non-profit Tuttle Fund, Inc. in New York City.