Alan Harris leaving Foundation to join Fisher Group

DETROIT -- Skillman Foundation Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Alan Harris has left the Foundation to take a position with the Southfield-based Fisher Group.


Harris, 46, joined the Foundation in 2002, after working for many years in the financial markets. In his role, he was responsible for developing all investment-oriented aspects of the Foundation’s portfolio, including asset allocation, manager due diligence and selection, manager monitoring, and risk oversight. His responsibilities span all asset classes at the Foundation, with the majority of his time spent on marketable and non-marketable alternatives.

"We appreciate Alan's dedication and hard work these past ten years," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. "We routinely partner with the Max and Marjorie Fisher Family Foundation on projects that help to improve the lives of Detroit kids," Goss added, "so we're pleased that Alan will be joining our friends at such an important organization. We wish him all the best."

The Fisher Group is the investment arm of the Max and Marjorie Fisher family and its foundation. Harris had previously served on the investment committee of TFG.

“We want to expand the work of The Fisher Group to serve additional organizations that share our commitment to high-touch family office and foundation investment and accounting services,” said Melissa D. Cragg, TFG’s chief investment officer. “Alan is the perfect person to support those efforts. His work with the Skillman Foundation and our investment committees proved to us that he will strengthen our team and our effectiveness.”

Harris received a bachelor’s in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Steve Catallo will continue his role as Director of Investments and will report to Danielle Olekszyk, chief financial officer and treasurer, who has oversight of the Foundation's investment portfolio.

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods.