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Columbia Investment Chief Blazes Trail Close to Her Harlem Roots

  • Kim Lew took over Columbia’s $13.5 billion fund in November
  • She’s one of three women who are leading Ivy League endowments
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Trailblazing Kim Lew Comes Home to Columbia

It’s easy to call Kim Lew a pathbreaker.

Her journey has taken her from Harlem to Harvard University -- and now back to the Ivy League, this time as chief executive officer of Columbia University’s endowment, valued at about $13.5 billion. That post makes Lew, 54, part of an elite club of three women that oversee funds at the Ivies.