Kristian Nammack

Kristian Nammack, Director, Crane Institute for Sustainability, and Principal, Intentional Endowments Network

Kristian Nammack is Director of the Crane Institute for Sustainability, and a Principal of the Intentional Endowments Network, supporting endowments in aligning investment policies with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals. For the past 10 years, Kristian has advised organizations to develop holistic governance structures, working across such diverse fields as financial services, art spaces, and public lands. He developed an integrated management structure that starts with visioning, leads to strategic planning and restructuring, and ends with coaching through the execution phase. Clients included Nomura Asset Management, the Norsk Hydro Pension Fund, Stena Lines, Timothy Taylor Gallery, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Sagamore Hill NHS, and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Prior to this, Kristian worked for four years in Sweden, first for the Swedish National Pension Fund to procure external investment managers, then as Head of the Alpha Team at Skandia Liv, helping to invest their $30 bn portfolio. Prior to this, Kristian spent three years as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in London working to develop key new clients globally. Prior to this, Kristian spent 11 years at Sanford Bernstein, starting in private clients and moving into a global role distributing Bernstein’s top-ranked industry research, and finally initiating the distribution of their asset management services outside of the US.

Kristian earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, spent a year at Cambridge University as a Visiting Scholar with a focus on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and between his corporate and self-employed lives, spent two years studying fine art at City and Guilds of London Art School and the Edinburgh College of Arts. Kristian is an active member of his community and helped develop the Bushwick Arts Coalition, is a lobbyist with the NY Chapter of the ACLU, a lobbyist with the Public Lands Alliance, and formerly worked with Occupy Sandy Hurricane Relief, ACT UP, and GMHC. Kristian has served on many boards and is currently a Trustee of the Queens Museum and is an active participant in Empire State Indivisible. Kristian is a regular attendee of both the Brooklyn Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and of Saint John’s Episcopal Church Park Slope, where he is active in community work.