JAMES D. LECKINGER
Senior Vice President, Institutional Consultant
Graystone Consulting


Jim Leckinger’s responsibilities with Graystone Consulting include providing senior consulting services to institutional pension, healthcare, endowment, foundation, and corporate clients. Jim is a frequent speaker and panelist at national industry conferences sharing his investment expertise around investment policy and strategy, portfolio draw down and tail risk management, implementing “glide path” methodology in asset allocation frameworks, and the role of alternative investments in institutional portfolios. A graduate of the University of Chicago with an MBA in Finance and a BA in Finance from the University of Illinois, Jim possesses 25+ years of experience in the investment management business having held senior positions as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at two prior firms. Mr. Leckinger joined Graystone Consulting in 2014 after serving the previous five years as the National CIO of Northern Trust’s Foundation and Institutional Advisory practice. In that role Jim was responsible as a senior portfolio manager, for managing large, national client portfolios. Jim also served as a voting member on numerous investment oversight committees covering strategy, third party manager due diligence and selection, private equity manager selection and oversight, and common and collective trust fund management. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), CFA Society of Chicago, CFA Institute, and both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Illinois CPA Society (ILCPAS).