Rodney E. Lake

photo - Rodney Lake
Teaching Instructor of Finance; Co-Chair, Department of Finance; Director, GW Investment Institute; GW Faculty Member in Residence
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Mr. Lake is a teaching instructor of finance, the co-chair of the Department of Finance, the director of the GW Investment Institute, and a GW faculty member in residence at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB).

Mr. Lake teaches graduate and undergraduate investment courses, where students manage real capital. To date, the Assets Under Management (AUM) across the GW Investment Institute’s student funds are approximately $5.2 million.

As the deputy chair of the Department of Finance, Mr. Lake assist the chair of the Department of Finance with administrative tasks on classes and ways to enhance the student experience.

Additionally, Mr. Lake is the director of the GW Investment Institute, where he raises capital for the GW student investment funds portfolio and manages employees of the institute on a daily basis.

Mr. Lake has also served as a mentor-in-residence supported by the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Instructor Lake provides guidance, coaching, support and connections to students with a goal to enhance entrepreneurship at GW.

Prior to Mr. Lake’s current appointment in the GWSB Department of Finance and the GW Investment Institute, Mr. Lake worked as a senior investment officer in the George Washington University Investment Office. The GW Investment Office was responsible for managing the university’s then $1.5 billion endowment fund.

Prior to that, Mr. Lake was a senior financial analyst in the Executive Vice President and Treasurer’s Office at GW, where he served as an internal consultant for projects ranging from financial and optimization modeling to developing spin-out strategies and valuations for internal businesses. Prior to joining GW, he was a financial analyst in portfolio management at a mortgage banking subsidiary of California Federal Bank (now part of Citi).

Mr. Lake graduated cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He received his MBA from the George Washington University.