Press Release: Manhattanville College Appoints Alumna Amy Y. Zhang, CFA®, to its Board of Trustees

Press Release

Press Release: Manhattanville College Appoints Alumna Amy Y. Zhang, CFA®, to its Board of Trustees

Zhang is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Alger Small Cap Focus

August 15, 2019 • cara.cea

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PURCHASE, N.Y., August 15, 2019 – Manhattanville College President Michael Geisler, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Manhattanville alumna Amy Y. Zhang, CFA®, to the Board of Trustees of the college. Zhang is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Alger Small Cap Focus fund.

Zhang earned her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College in three years, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1993. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, where she was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and on the Dean’s List. Zhang founded a scholarship in 2015 for incoming first-year students from underrepresented populations who intend to study science, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at Manhattanville College.

"These are transformative times, both in higher education and at Manhattanville, and they present us with many opportunities to serve Manhattanville's current and future communities of students, alumni/ae, faculty, administration, staff, corporate benefactors and the greater New York City and Westchester population with nimble strategies and execution," said President Geisler. "Ms. Zhang brings a wealth of wisdom and leadership to Manhattanville's Board of Trustees. We are excited to develop and utilize multiple approaches with Ms. Zhang that will build Manhattanville College's strength, value and presence as a forward-thinking liberal arts college at the forefront of design thinking and other timely academic programs, frameworks and disciplines."

Zhang is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Alger Small Cap Focus, Alger Mid Cap Focus and Alger Small Cap Growth strategies. She joined Alger in 2015 and has 23 years of investment experience. Zhang is the sole Portfolio Manager of the Alger Small Cap Focus fund since Feb. 2015. She built assets managed from less than $14 million to over $1.1 billion and received the Morningstar Silver medal in May 2018 and the Bronze medal in Nov. 2016.

“I feel very excited about serving on the board, as I think about the major role that Manhattanville College has played in helping me achieve my dreams,” said Zhang. “The quality education that I received at Manhattanville prepared me for the M.B.A. program at Columbia Business School and then my career in finance, including my current position as a portfolio manager with Alger. I am gratified to be able to give back to the school and I look forward to adding value to the board.”

Prior to joining Alger, Zhang worked at Brown Capital Management as a Partner, Managing Director, and Senior Portfolio Manager of its Brown Capital Small Company Fund. Her previous experience includes working as a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Epsilon Investment Management, Research Analyst at Templeton Worldwide, and Associate at Citicorp Securities.

Zhang has been featured and quoted in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Barron’s,” “The New York Times,” “Citywire,” “Investors Business Daily,” “Business Insider,” “Investment News,” “MarketWatch,” “China Business News,” “CNBC,” and “CNN.” Her most recent appearance on “CNBC” can be found here.

Zhang is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute. Zhang is a former President of the CFA Society of Baltimore and is currently chair of its Advisory Board. She also served as a member on the Board of Directors, as well as Vice President and Programs Chair for the CFA Society of Stamford.

About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves approximately 1,600 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 48 countries and 37 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 75 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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