Jim Dunn

Chief Executive Officer

Jim is responsible for setting the course for the company, leading our corporate strategy and ensuring that Verger remains competitively positioned to serve our clients’ complex needs. 

He served as Verger’s Chief Investment Officer from inception until July 2023, overseeing all investment decisions of the firm, and prior to founding Verger, was Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer at Wake Forest University, responsible for investment of the University’s endowment, working capital and life income assets.  Before joining Wake Forest, Jim served as Managing Director at Wilshire Associates Inc., and Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager for Wilshire Funds Management, the money management arm of Wilshire Associates.  At Wilshire, Jim was responsible for providing leadership on asset allocation, investment policy and investment manager selection.  Jim served as the Chairman of the Wilshire Funds Management Investment Committee and served as Portfolio Manager for all of Wilshire Fund Management’s alternative investment portfolios.  

Jim holds a BBA in finance from Villanova University, where he was a member of the NCAA Division I men’s varsity soccer team.  

Additionally, Jim currently serves as a member of the Institutional Investor Endowments and Foundations Advisory Board and as the Treasurer of the James Denmark Loan Fund.  He also sits on the SEI Canada Independent Review Committee as an Independent Director.

"As a first-generation college graduate, I went to school on a Pell grant, loans, and scholarships. Supporting the work of non-profits who provide so many with similar opportunities is why I come to work every day."