Nickol Hackett


Nickol Hackett is Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer at the Joyce Foundation, overseeing the investment program for endowment assets of $1 billion. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Nickol served as the Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer of the $10 billion Cook County Pension Fund. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, she was charged with directing strategy and policies for the governance and administration of the pension funds. Before becoming Executive Director, Nickol served as the fund’s first Chief Investment Officer establishing investment policy, asset allocation strategy, and operational structure for the combined plans since 2008. She was also a member of the Deferred Compensation Committee with responsibility for policy and manager selection for plan participants.

Nickol has over 20 years of cumulative expertise in investment management and capital markets with prior experience as Vice President at Bear Stearns, Oppenheimer Capital, and as a consultant to plan sponsors. Professionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the CFA Institute of Chicago and has been a guest lecturer at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Harvard Business School. She earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her B.A. in History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Nickol is also an avid supporter of civic and cultural engagement throughout Chicago. She sits on the Executive Board for the Museum of Contemporary Art, also serving on the investment committee and the governance and nominating committee as well as the Leadership Advisory Committee for the Art Institute of Chicago.

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