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Nikki Kraus, CFA

Meet Nikki

Nikki is President and Chief Client Officer of Strategic Investment Group. She is a member of the Strategic’s Board of Managers and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, charged with setting firm strategy and overseeing the management of day-to-day operations.  Nikki’s responsibilities include leading the Client Development, Finance, and Human Resources management functions. As Chief Client Officer, she interfaces with all of the firm’s clients to ensure that Strategic is delivering the highest quality relationship tailored to each specific client’s needs. Active in the OCIO industry for nearly 30 years, including time at SEI Investments and Hirtle Callaghan, Nikki has extensive experience advising investment committees on best practices in setting investment policies, and establishing sound governance practices. 

Nikki serves on the Investment Advisory Subcommittee of the John Templeton Foundation, the Investment Committee of the Carnegie Institution for Science, the U.S. Impact Committee for 100 Women in Finance, and as a mentor for Girls Who Invest. She has actively collaborated with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) for nearly a decade, including serving as a speaker at multiple NACUBO events. 

Nikki is the Co-author of Endowment Management for Higher Education (most recent edition published in February 2022), a publication released by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), and Endowment Management for Foundations and Nonprofits, published in October 2022, in partnership with AGB and the Council on Foundations. She is also often asked to speak at AGB events. Additionally, she has published various articles in the areas of investment committee governance and investment management.

She holds a B.A. in English and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C.

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