Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee
Ian McKinnon is the Founding Partner of Sandia Holdings, LLC (“Sandia”). Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Sandia is named after the Sandia Mountains of his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and serves as the primary investment vehicle for the McKinnon family and related entities. Prior to starting Sandia, Ian spent nearly twenty years at Ziff Brothers Investments (“ZBI”), from which he retired as a Managing Partner. Prior to joining ZBI, Ian was a consultant with Bain & Company and an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch & Co. Ian received an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude from Occidental College with a BA in Public Policy. He was also a finalist for both the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.
Ian remains particularly active in life sciences and technology investing, both directly through Sandia and through various external investment partnerships. In addition to these areas, he has a passion for professional sports, as he is one of the founding partners of TEAM8, a sports and entertainment company which also spearheaded the creation of the Laver Cup tennis tournament. He is also one of the founding partners of the New Mexico United professional soccer team in the USL, a principal owner of Venezia FC, currently competing in Italy’s Serie B, and an investor in the Rajasthan Royals of the Indian Premier League for cricket. Ian serves on the boards of several non-profit entities including the Santa Fe Institute, the Albuquerque Academy, and Marin Academy. On the for-profit side, Ian is a member of the Board of Directors of Kyber Data Science, a subsidiary of Cowen Inc., as well as the Advisory Board of HighVista Partners, a Boston-based asset management firm. He enjoys teaching, and has been a guest lecturer on investment topics for many years at Columbia Business School and the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.