James A. Torrey
Director, The Torrey Family Office
James A. Torrey was nominated to serve on OPIC’s Board of Directors by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate in October, 2011. He founded The Torrey Funds in 1990. After being an investor in hedge funds since 1977, he established an investment business to identify the most promising and compelling hedge fund talent in the world. In 1992, he formed the first exclusively international fund-of-funds in the U.S. with the same strategy for non-U.S. markets; identifying and investing with hedge fund managers focused and largely domiciled abroad. The firm was built to well over $1.25 billion in assets. In 2009, The Torrey Funds were merged in to Cadogan Management, a $4 billion fund-of-funds firm with offices in New York, Tokyo and London. After the completion of the merger, Mr. Torrey became a senior advisor to Cadogan.
In addition to his position at Cadogan, Mr. Torrey has served on the Board of Directors of MicroVest since 2005, a unique micro-lending enterprise based in Bethesda, MD. He has become increasingly involved in their international efforts, capital development and strategic planning. Mr. Torrey also served on the board of the Milano Graduate School of Public Policy of the New School in New York City for several years.
Prior to the founding of The Torrey Funds, Mr. Torrey held a variety of executive positions with Kidder, Peabody & Co, The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), Paine Webber and Alex Brown & Sons.
Mr. Torrey attended The University of California at Berkeley after graduating from St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.