Margo Cook is Co-Chair of Bridgewater’s Operating Board of Directors. Margo joined the Internal Board as an outside director in July 2021 and was appointed as Co-Chair in June 2023. Margo brings more than 30 years of executive leadership, operating experience and innovative thinking as an investor, CIO and business leader in the asset management industry. Margo was the President of Nuveen Advisory Services, responsible for over $1 trillion in assets in 24 countries and prior to the integration of TIAA and Nuveen’s asset management businesses, Margo served as Co-President of Nuveen Investments. Prior to Nuveen, Margo led the institutional asset management business at Bear Stearns Asset Management and was CIO of the institutional business at BNY Mellon. Before becoming CIO, Margo was the Head of Fixed Income for several years.
Margo is active in the asset management business today through advisory and board positions. She serves on the board of global private capital firm, EQT, and chairs the board of MerQube, a fintech startup. Margo served as advisor to insurance company, Guardian, in its investment in HPS, a top private credit firm. Margo is also a frequent speaker on issues in the asset management industry, with a special emphasis on improving the gender balance in leadership roles.
Margo serves as the founding Chair of the University of Rhode Island Board of Trustees, selected by Governor Gina Raimondo. She is the previous chair of the All Stars Project of Chicago Board and currently serves as vice-chair on the national board. Margo is an appointed member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago.
Margo earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Rhode Island, an Executive MBA from Columbia University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. On the personal front, Margo is a dedicated cyclist and loves to ride wherever she travels. Margo and her wife, Renee, split their time between Rhode Island and Florida.