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Investment expert joins DePaul University board of trustees

Judith P. Greffin
Judith P. Greffin, the former executive vice president and chief investment officer at Allstate Insurance Company, joins DePaul University’s board of trustees. (Photo courtesy of Judith P. Greffin)
CHICAGO — DePaul University has elected Judith P. Greffin, the former executive vice president and chief investment officer at Allstate Insurance Company, to its 45-member board of trustees.

“Ms. Greffin’s extensive senior-level leadership in strategy development and investment management, will benefit DePaul, especially as we develop our next strategic plan,” said DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. “I appreciate her dedication and service to the university.”

Judith P. Greffin in her role as the executive vice president and chief investment officer at Allstate Insurance Company led a global investment group managing over $85 billion for Allstate and its related entities. Greffin, who retired from Allstate in 2016, served as a member of the CEO’s operating committee. A 25-year Allstate veteran, Judy held key investment positions before her 2008 CIO appointment, including strategy and business development, portfolio management, fixed income management, and operations and technology. Earlier in her career, she worked on the trading desk of a regional bank, was the lead portfolio manager on several mutual funds and served as a director of credit research.

Greffin recently joined the board of Associated Banc-Corp, the largest bank holding company headquartered in Wisconsin. She holds an MBA from the Fisher School at the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Miami University in Ohio. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has served as a director of the CFA Society of Chicago, and as an advisor to Institutional Investor's Fixed Income Forum. Greffin is a board member of the Field Museum of Natural History where she serves as the chair of the finance committee and as a member of the executive committee. She is a member of the board of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation where she serves on the investment committee. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

“With every new trustee, DePaul’s board gains expertise that enables us to uphold and strengthen the university’s mission,” said Jim Ryan, chair of the board of trustees. “In addition to her considerable leadership and investment experience, Ms. Greffin demonstrates a deep commitment to DePaul’s mission and values. I look forward to working with her.” 

DePaul University’s board of trustees is responsible for shaping the strategies that best promote the fulfillment of the university’s mission and values. With nearly 23,000 students and some 300 academic programs, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. It is nationally recognized for incorporating service learning throughout its curriculum and preparing its graduates for a global economy.

DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. DePaul’s tradition of providing a quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds, with particular attention to first-generation students, has resulted in one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies. More information is available at​. A list of DePaul’s trustees is online at


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