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Chief Investment Officer
Jabari Porter serves as Chief Investment Officer for the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office, leading the office’s Portfolio Management, Banking Operations, and Financial Reporting teams and acting as the primary advisor to City Treasurer Kurt Summers on all investment matters. Porter joined the City Treasurer’s Office in December 2017, bringing with him ten years of industry experience from investment banking and finance.
Porter has worked at the forefront of credit analysis, spearheading important changes in the banking industry, diversifying portfolios into credit and international markets, and positioning a Chicagoland bank as a leader in investment innovation and diversity. Immediately prior to joining the City Treasurer’s Office, Porter was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Northern Trust Corporation, where he has worked since 2009 to increase the scope and complexity of the investment portfolio. During that time, Porter was instrumental in handling the mortgage-backed security portfolio, along with other impaired assets, during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, he modeled mortgage-backed securities for Bank of New York where, in addition, he remodeled several legacy deals that beforehand were rife with modeling errors, often resulting in investor disputes and audit admonishment—remodeling all re-securizations and legacy Mortgage-backed security deals with zero errors and 100% accuracy.  He served as a Fixed Income Analyst for AllState Investments—successfully managing analytics and reporting for the Fixed Income Portfolio Group.
Porter has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Northern Trust Diversity and Inclusion Award, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Program Award, and the Northern Trust Chairman’s Award. These awards have been given for Porter’s work reforming Northern Trust’s CRA portfolio, successfully navigating illiquidity issues, and managing the auction rate securities portfolio.
Porter is closely connected to his community, serving on the Board of the McGaw YMCA, volunteering as an AIM Mentor, and spending time as a basketball coach. Porter earned his MS in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. Porter is happily married, and has three boys.
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