Mercado, 107 Prado, Havana, Cuba. In 1927, my grandfather Abe Gordon visited the Merayo photography studio located at this address to have his portrait taken. A refugee from Belarus/Poland, he was unexpectedly detained in Havana for two years before making his way to New York and eventually White Plains where he established a thriving delicatessen and raised a family with his wife, Mollie Feldman.
Marjorie Kaufman had long been interested in photography, but pressing obligations such as a career in finance, raising two boys and repeated unsuccessful attempts to improve her golf handicap prevented her from pursuing this inclination.
During a sabbatical in 2011, Marjorie embarked on a deep dive into the world of photography with classes at the International Center of Photography in NY. She self-published two collections of images: "(Un)Natural Elements By The Sound", an environmental photo essay, and "Iceland in August". Marjorie continues to refine her technique through workshops with Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Carol Dragon and Tillman Crane. Recent work includes a book of images of White Sands, New Mexico taken with Tony Bonanno/Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, available for purchase online at Blurb.
Marjorie's images have been published in Le Courrier and the Tico Times. Her photo essay on civil war veteran Joe Wheeler may be found here, and her work on environmental pollution in the Long Island sound is here.
Apart from her photography ventures, Marjorie is an impact investor who has raised significant institutional capital over the course of her career in asset management and investment banking and has considerable experience in investor relations, marketing and corporate governance. View her LinkedIn profile here.
Marjorie is currently Chairman of the Board for Undercover Colors, Inc. an innovative private company that helps protect people from drug facilitate date rape and robbery through a medallion test that detects date rape drugs in over 100 drinks. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Bio Capital Impact Fund (Australia). In 2016 she was featured in II Alpha as a hedge fund "good guy" for her philanthropic work supporting education for underprivileged girls with the Student Leadership Network. In 2010, Marjorie was named one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by the Hedge Fund Journal.
Marjorie Kaufman (nee Greenspan) began her career as an investment banker with Bankers Trust and Prudential-Bache, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and closed-end fund IPOs. Subsequently, she held senior positions with Towneley Capital Management and J. & W. Seligman. From 2003 through 2010 Marjorie was Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations and Marketing at Kingdon Capital. Over a seven year period she raised $5 billion in institutional hedge fund assets, managed relationships with several hundred global investors and helped build out the firm's business infrastructure. Subsequently she was a Managing Director with Guggenheim Global Trading and a Partner with activist fund Barington Capital.
Marjorie holds a BA magna cum laude in economics and anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Marjorie is also a graduate of the Horace Mann School in NY. She was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996.
In 2016 Marjorie joined Westchester Land Trust as a board member and was subsequently appointed as Chairman of the Investment Committee. Click here to see WLT's press release. Marjorie also serves as Chair of the Hilltop Cares Foundation which supports Horace Mann alumni in need of therapy as a result of sexual abuse. Hilltop Cares has sponsored two benefit concerts on the Horace Mann campus which reunited many musical alumni. See press coverage in The Riverdale Pressand the Horace Mann Record.
Recently Marjorie was a panelist for the Chicago Booth Alumni Club's 8th Annual Alternatives Strategies event in NY. In 2016 Marjorie was featured in Institutional Investor's Alpha for her role in supporting education for lower income youth as a Director of the Student Leadership Network. From 2005 to 2009 she served as a founding Director for High Water Women and headed an annual Back To School Backpack Drive drive to provide thousands of homeless and disadvantaged kids with backpacks filled with school supplies. She has been actively involved in 100 Women in Hedge Funds since its founding in 2001, including co-chairing the Strategic Leaders Peer Advisory Committee. Marjorie has also served as a Director with JINSA and was tapped as a member of JINSA's executive search committee to appoint a new executive director in 2012.
Marjorie and her husband Dr. David Kaufman live in Mamaroneck, NY. Their son Grant is currently a freshman at Tulane studying Public Health. Matthew is a senior at Horace Mann and plays on the school's varsity football team . Visit the HM Lions end of season celebration video here. Matthew's video about our beloved former pet Obi can be foundhere. Stepdaughter Michele Kaufman lives in Brooklyn and manages events for the rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Grange. The Kaufmans are proud owners of two dogs, nine chickens, three beehives and one bearded dragon lizard.
(See press coverage of her appointment in P&I, PRNewswire, Opalesque, HFM Week , Yahoo Finance and Hedge Fund Week as well as this recent profile of the firm in The Hedge Fund Journal and in Institutional Investor's Alpha.)
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