Eric Upin

  • Senior Partner, Former Chief Investment Officer

Eric Upin is a senior partner and the former Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) of Makena Capital Management. He is responsible for working with the firm's clients on the integration of Makena's alternative investment strategies into a range of portfolios with differing goals and structures across family offices, endowments, foundations, pensions, and sovereign wealth funds. Before joining Makena, Eric served as Chief Executive Officer of Sequoia Capital’s Heritage Endowment Fund. Previously, he was the CIO at Stanford University’s Stanford Management Company. Prior to the Stanford Management Company, he was a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at investment banking firm Robertson Stephens and later a Director of Technology Research at Wells Fargo Securities. Previous to joining Robertson Stephens, Eric worked at management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton and before business school, played key roles in two technology-related start-ups.

Eric serves as a Trustee for Washington University in St. Louis and on the Investment Committee of the Investment Management Company which oversees the University’s $4+ billion endowment. He also serves on the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation Investment Committee in San Francisco. Eric received a BA in Economics and Urban Planning from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Because it is long-horizon, differentiated around managing capital over long periods of time, the endowment model can support a significant allocation to private and illiquid strategies.”

Eric Upin