Leslie Vermut has specialized in securities analysis and portfolio management for over 40 years. Her career includes positions with Irving Trust Co., Marine Midland Bank, and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equity Fund (TIAA - CREF) one of the world's largest endowment funds. Leslie has taught graduate courses in securities analysis at Pepperdine University. She currently chairs the Finance Committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, advising on their financial management and budgeting process. She is Co-Vice Chair of the Investment Committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, advising their endowment. Her community service includes membership on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and acting Treasurer of the Brentwood Homeowners Association. She received a B.S. from New York University and earned her M.B.A. from the Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York.