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Jeff deGraaf Appointed to Michigan State University Foundation’s Board of Directors

Jeff deGraaf Appointed to Michigan State University Foundation’s Board of Directors

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016
Author: MSU Foundation
Category: Foundation News

DeGraaf, an MSU alum, is one of Wall Street’s most influential, macro-based analysts

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Foundation today announced that Jeff deGraaf, CEO of Renaissance Macro Research, LLC and MSU alum (1990), has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. A non-profit corporation, the MSU Foundation’s mission is to support research, teaching, and the successful acceleration of technologies to commercialization.

“Jeff brings a wealth of experience and energy to the MSU Foundation,” says Randy Cowen, Chair of the MSU Foundation’s Board of Directors. “As a well-respected professional investor, his experience will help shape the long-term success of both the Foundation and Michigan State University.”

DeGraaf graduated from MSU in 1990 with a degree in Financial Administration. He launched his career on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch and, in 1998, moved over to Lehman Brothers, where he was a Managing Director on the firm’s investment policy committee. DeGraaf left Lehman Brothers in 2007 to join ISI Group, a New York-based boutique research firm. As Executive Managing Director at ISI, deGraaf served on the firm’s management committee and headed up the investment policy committee.

In March 2011, deGraaf and his partners founded Renaissance Macro Research, LLC (RenMac)—a firm dedicated to providing the institutional buy side community with specialized macro research. RenMac helps its clients see the world through a lens that is not often provided by more traditional investment houses.

“Jeff is a fresh, original thinker,” says David Washburn, MSU Foundation’s Executive Director. “He will help us build even greater value across our activities, including economic development, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at Michigan State University.”

“Over the past 25 years, universities around the world have invested numerous resources into commercializing technologies,” says deGraaf, “it’s shaping the future, and that’s an exciting environment to be a part of. Being able to return to my alma mater and assist Michigan State University in this capacity is really fulfilling.”

Over the last decade, Institutional Investor Magazine has deemed deGraaf one of Wall Street’s most influential macro-based analysts. He has been ranked as the industry’s number one technical analyst for the last ten years. DeGraaf’s tenth appearance as the number one analyst earned him entry into the magazine’s Hall of Fame.

The MSU Foundation provides over $10M in annual funding to Michigan State University.   

About the Michigan State University Foundation

Established in 1973 as an independent non-profit, the Michigan State University Foundation is committed to the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies invented by MSU faculty, staff, and students. The MSU Foundation’s overarching goal is to support research, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University. Additionally, the MSU Foundation operates Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, Michigan Rise, and the University Corporate Research Park. More information on the organization’s notable achievements, services, leadership, and history are available at