Our Fund is wholly student managed. We choose a 14-person board each spring, study the stock market and maintain a portfolio. We buy and sell as we see fit. Directors major in a wide variety of fields, including science, politics, economics, diplomacy, mathematics, and many others. We seek to leverage our abilities as intelligent and diverse students in order to identify investment opportunities and differentiate ourselves from most investors. Equally important, all investment opportunities are analyzed from different angles, utilizing our wide array of unique skill sets.
Nelson Rayl ’20 | President
Nelson Rayl is a Senior Economics major from Seattle. He joined Blyth Fund as a Sophomore and is pursuing a PhD in Economics. In addition to being president of the Blyth Fund, he is also president of the Economics Students Association and a member of the ultimate frisbee team. Outside of Oxy, he enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and reading foreign fiction.
Julian Caravantes ’20 | Vice President
Julian Caravantes is a senior Pre-Law Economics and Politics major from San Diego, California. He joined the Blyth Fund as a sophomore to apply the skills and knowledge he had gained from various financial experiences and internships. Julian has had internships in investment management and investment banking.
Jordan Walker ’21 | Treasurer
Jordan Walker, a junior Economics major is the quintessential New Yorker — as such, he enjoys people-watching and eating new foods. Beyond Blyth Fund, Jordan is Tour Guide Coordinator in the Office of Admission and Vice President of Financial Affairs on Associated Students of Occidental College Senate. Jordan hopes to work in corporate social responsibility, and corporate law.
Zachary Ulseth ’21 | Secretary
Zachary Ulseth is a junior Economics and Mathematics double major from Citrus County, Florida. He joined the Blyth Fund in the spring of his sophomore year and is interested in having a career in investing and financial markets. In addition to being the secretary of the Blyth Fund, Zach is also a member of SAE and a linebacker for Occidental’s Football Team.
Linda Hussein ’22
Linda Hussein is a sophomore from Boulder, Colorado studying Economics and Computer Science. Joining the Blyth Fund provided her with an opportunity to apply her interest in mathematics, global markets, and problem-solving all while gaining valuable career skills. On campus, Linda is the vice president of the Occidental Consulting Group and is exploring her entrepreneurial interests in Oxypreneurship. She is looking forward to pursuing entrepreneurial ventures that incorporate international business and visual arts.
Emma Pond ’21
Emma Pond is a junior Economics major and Computer Science minor from Berkeley, California. She joined the Blyth Fund in order to learn more about investment and gain practical experience with it. Apart from Blyth Fund, Emma also works as a Campus Visit Coordinator in the Office of Admission and as a Peer Subject Advisor for Economics, and is a member of the Economics Student Association and Peer Health Exchange.
Aaron Montgomery ’21
Aaron Montgomery is a junior Economics major and Philosophy minor from New York. Aaron has been managing a personal equity portfolio since a young age, and joined the Blyth Fund to deepen his understanding of equities and fixed income. In addition to finance, he has a strong interest in law, and interned this past summer at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Aaron is also a member of Occidental’s golf team.
Harrison Wakefield ’20
Harrison Wakefield is a senior economics major and philosophy minor from Park City, Utah. He joined Blyth fund as a junior due to his interest in investment management. Outside of Blyth fund Harrison is a captain of the Occidental Football Team and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Henry Shaughnessy ’21
Henry Shaughnessy is a junior economics major from Washington D.C. He joined the Blyth Fund at the end of his sophomore year because of his strong interest in investing, financial markets, and economic development. He is also the treasurer of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Henry most recently interned at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where he worked in the Office of the President. He is interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry.
Shawn Park ’21
Shawn Park is a Junior from Cypress, California. He is a Mathematics major with a minor in Education. He joined the Blyth Fund his first year in hopes of gaining experience in long-term investments and portfolio management. Since then, he has also developed an interest in Public Finance. Aside from the Blyth Fund, Shawn is the Events Coordinator for Korean American Student Association and teaches local high school students Mathematics. Outside of academics, he enjoys playing soccer and the guitar. After graduation, Shawn hopes to pursue a career in Finance as a Financial Analyst.
Phillip Wong ’20
Phillip Wong is a Senior Economics major hailing from Cupertino, California. He joined Blyth Fund in his sophomore year with the goal of learning about finance and the role that data plays in determining market trends and opportunities. In addition to being a Director with the Fund, he manages Occidental’s Bike Share program and is an avid cyclist in his free time. Upon graduation, he hopes pursue a career that utilizes data analysis to evaluate and solve urban transportation issues.
Collin Nascimento ’20
Alexander Orebic ’21
Michael Kwan ’20
Michael Kwan, a senior studying physics and music, is a returning Director for the Blyth Fund. He is grateful for the opportunity to apply both his quantitative skills and creative mind to help the team make investment decisions. More importantly, he enjoys learning from an academically and culturally diverse group of peers. On campus, Michael is the physics peer subject adviser, physics AMP workshop leader, concertmaster of the Occidental Symphony Orchestra, National Science Foundation COSMOS Fellow, and Norris Science Scholar, studying turbulent convection with Dr. Janet Scheel of physics. Michael plans to attend graduate school in physics and pursue a career in research and education.