John K.S. Wilson is the Head of Research and Corporate Governance at Cornerstone Capital Group. He leads a multidisciplinary team that publishes investment research integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into thematic equity research and manager due diligence. He writes and presents widely about the relevance of corporate governance and sustainability to investment performance for academic, foundations, corporate and investor audiences.
John has more than two decades of experience in sustainable investing and corporate governance. Previously, he was Director of Corporate Governance for TIAA-CREF, the largest private pension system in the United States with assets under management of over $500 billion. Earlier, he was Director of Socially Responsible Investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, an investment advisor to Catholic institutions.
John is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches an MBA-level class on sustainable investing. He is a past Vice-Chair of the Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and was a founding advisory committee member of the International SRI Working Group, a think tank serving social investing professionals. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Leviticus Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution that makes real estate loans for affordable housing and social services in the Northeast U.S.
John holds an MBA and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a BA in English from Georgetown University.