Jenkinson Named Wespath Managing Director, Corporate Relations and Sustainable Investment Strategist
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014
Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
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Glenview, IL—The Wespath Investment Management division of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church (GBPHB) today announced the appointment of Kirsty Jenkinson as Managing Director of Corporate Relations and Sustainable Investment Strategist, effective May 27, 2014.
Jenkinson comes to Wespath from her role as Markets and Enterprise Program director at the World Resources Institute (Washington, D.C.). Prior to that position, she was director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management in London for nine years. Jenkinson also served six years with Goldman Sachs International in various roles.
Her role at Wespath is a new position. Jenkinson will lead a team responsible for providing strategic oversight for ensuring that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are more broadly integrated into Wespath’s investment selection and decision-making processes. She will be charged with strengthening Wespath’s strategic ESG engagement and advocacy efforts.
Jenkinson will also be responsible for supervising Wespath’s portfolio screening and proxy voting. She will report to Chief Investment Officer David Zellner.
Wespath is the investment management division of the General Board (in operation since 1908), recognized as the country’s largest faith-based benefit plan administrator and pension fund/investment asset manager. With more than $20 billion in assets under management, it is among the top 100 pension fund managers in the U.S. based on assets under management. Wespath invests over $2 billion of the assets under management on behalf of institutional investors such as United Methodist Church annual conferences and foundations, and other Church-affiliated organizations. As a socially responsible investor, Wespath is actively involved in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing.