Mr. Downey joined Highland Associates in May of 2016 as Managing Director and shareholder. Mr. Downey leads the firm’s client development efforts. He has spent the last 30 years working in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Highland Associates, Mr. Downey served as Managing Director at Ponder & Co., a leading healthcare financial advisor, where he led and oversaw new business development. Prior to Ponder & Co., he spent more than a decade in the institutional investment consulting business working primarily with foundations and endowments in the healthcare and education industries. Mr. Downey began his career working at Montgomery Bell Academy, a leading college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7 through 12. He received his B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.