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Wendy Vanesco, B.A.
Laura Lopez-HoffmanResearch Specialist
(520) 626-9868

Areas of expertise: developing investment policy, asset allocation and portfolio construction, manager search and due diligence

BA. 1992. Occidental College, Psychology.

Wendy Vanasco is a Research Specialist for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona.  Prior to coming to the UA, Wendy held analytical research positions in both the investment management and consulting communities.

Wendy’s last position was as a Research Analyst for Asset Consulting Group, a large investment consulting firm in St. Louis, MO.  Her primary responsibilities included asset allocation analysis, investment manager due diligence, portfolio analysis, and general client support services.  She also assisted with manager identification and selection and monitoring of long/short equity and equity-based event driven hedge fund managers.  Wendy began her career with Brinson Partners, Inc. in Chicago where she was a Market Analysis Assistant in the Non-U.S. Investments Group. She assisted with monitoring client portfolios and coordinating the implementation of investment strategies.

Wendy moved to Tucson with her husband and two small children in 2005.  After taking time to raise her family, she is excited to start a new career at the University of Arizona.

She is working in the López-Hoffman lab to assist with research about the critical habitat designation for jaguars and the potential for use of a payment for ecosystem services approach to conserve and restore jaguar (Panthera onca) habitat in southern Arizona and New Mexico (project link). Wendy is also interested in continuing her education at the UA to research social finance focused on ecological stewardship.

phone (520) 626-9868 | e-mail lauralh@email.arizona.edu

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