Heather Davis is a senior managing director and Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets Investments for the TIAA-CREF organization. Ms. Davis is responsible for strategy, investment originations, portfolio management and board reporting for the organization’s private fixed-income and private equity investments, including direct equity investments in the real assets sectors. Most recently, she was Head of the Global Private Markets investment division. Prior to this position, she was Head of Global Private Markets Portfolio Management where she oversaw the $40 billion global private markets portfolio which included private placements, distressed investments, commercial mortgages, natural resources and infrastructure investments. While at TIAA-CREF, she has been an investor in many sectors within the private asset classes, including private placements, commercial mortgages, infrastructure equity and project finance, distressed loans and loan dispositions. Ms. Davis joined the organization in 1995 and has 30 years of investment industry experience.