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 is Co-Vice Chair of the Investment Committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, advising their endowment. Her community service includes her position of Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, member of the Board of Trustees of the Curtis School, and a member of the Los Angeles Library Foundation. 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.