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Martin Cassell, CFA

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Cassell is the Chief Executive Officer at Chandler Asset Management and is a principal of the firm. Mr. Cassell is responsible for defining, planning and directing company programs. He heads implementation of the firm’s investment strategies and portfolio risk management. He designed the proprietary quantitative models that drive our investment process, establishing duration, structure and asset allocation throughout client portfolios.

Mr. Cassell joined Chandler Asset Management in 1991 from the City of San Diego, where he managed a $1 billion fixed income portfolio. He began his investment career in 1987 managing portfolios at World Savings and Loan.

Mr. Martin Cassell received his B.S. in finance from California State University, Hayward. He is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and he holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. He is also a member of the California Association of Joint Power Authorities (CAJPA) finance committee.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

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Antoinette Chandler

Board of Director

Antoinette Chandler is an accomplished Risk Management and Public Finance leader who partners with the senior leadership and assists with strategic planning. Antoinette is the Chief Financial Officer at the Port of Portland where she oversees the accounting, capital finance and debt management, budget, financial planning and analysis, audit, and risk functions at the Port. She has more than 20 years of banking and investment experience in both the private and public sector.

Prior to joining the Port, Antoinette served for nearly three years as an Assistant Treasurer for the County of Los Angeles where was responsible for managing the Public Finance, Investments and Deferred Income Plans Branch. Antoinette held roles with County of San Diego Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office as a Chief Deputy Treasurer managing the Treasury, Accounting, and Investment Divisions, which included County’s $10 billion fixed income investment portfolio. Prior to the County of San Diego, she also worked as a Senior Vice President for both Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, managing multiple investment portfolios domestically for middle-market institutions, foundations and endowments, and large family offices. 

Antoinette received her B.B.A in Finance and Financial Management Services from San Diego State University in 1988, and attended graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Antoinette has received the AFP designation as a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

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Kay Chandler, CFA

Founder, Chair of the Board

Kay Chandler is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors at Chandler Asset Management. As a member of the Executive Committee she is focused on the strategic direction of the firm. Recognized for her expertise, she is frequently asked to speak on topics such as investment policy, portfolio management, and the risk characteristics of fixed income securities.

Kay served as the Investment Officer for the County of San Diego from 1975 until 1983 and then in the same position for the City of San Diego from 1983 until 1985. As a Managing Director at Pacific Century Advisers from 1985 until 1988, she managed over $1 billion in fixed-income assets for institutional investors. Kay is a co-author of The California Public Fund Investment Primer, commissioned by the California State Treasurer and published in 2005.

Kay received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1970, and attended graduate school at San Diego State University. She is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.  Kay is a member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Foundation and serves as a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

Martin Cassell is the Chief Executive Officer at Chandler Asset Management and is a principal of the firm. Mr. Cassell is responsible for defining, planning and directing company programs. He heads implementation of the firm’s investment strategies and portfolio risk management. He designed the proprietary quantitative models that drive our investment process, establishing duration, structure and asset allocation throughout client portfolios.

Mr. Cassell joined Chandler Asset Management in 1991 from the City of San Diego, where he managed a $1 billion fixed income portfolio. He began his investment career in 1987 managing portfolios at World Savings and Loan.

Mr. Martin Cassell received his B.S. in finance from California State University, Hayward. He is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and he holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. He is also a member of the California Association of Joint Power Authorities (CAJPA) finance committee.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

Antoinette Chandler is an accomplished Risk Management and Public Finance leader who partners with the senior leadership and assists with strategic planning. Antoinette is the Chief Financial Officer at the Port of Portland where she oversees the accounting, capital finance and debt management, budget, financial planning and analysis, audit, and risk functions at the Port. She has more than 20 years of banking and investment experience in both the private and public sector.

Prior to joining the Port, Antoinette served for nearly three years as an Assistant Treasurer for the County of Los Angeles where was responsible for managing the Public Finance, Investments and Deferred Income Plans Branch. Antoinette held roles with County of San Diego Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office as a Chief Deputy Treasurer managing the Treasury, Accounting, and Investment Divisions, which included County’s $10 billion fixed income investment portfolio. Prior to the County of San Diego, she also worked as a Senior Vice President for both Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, managing multiple investment portfolios domestically for middle-market institutions, foundations and endowments, and large family offices. 

Antoinette received her B.B.A in Finance and Financial Management Services from San Diego State University in 1988, and attended graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Antoinette has received the AFP designation as a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

Kay Chandler is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors at Chandler Asset Management. As a member of the Executive Committee she is focused on the strategic direction of the firm. Recognized for her expertise, she is frequently asked to speak on topics such as investment policy, portfolio management, and the risk characteristics of fixed income securities.

Kay served as the Investment Officer for the County of San Diego from 1975 until 1983 and then in the same position for the City of San Diego from 1983 until 1985. As a Managing Director at Pacific Century Advisers from 1985 until 1988, she managed over $1 billion in fixed-income assets for institutional investors. Kay is a co-author of The California Public Fund Investment Primer, commissioned by the California State Treasurer and published in 2005.

Kay received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1970, and attended graduate school at San Diego State University. She is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.  Kay is a member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Foundation and serves as a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

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Diane Dewbrey

Board of Director

Diane Dewbrey is an experienced Board Member, Board Chair, and CEO of public/private companies. Diane’s strong strategic mindset, her agility and adaptability have made her an effective leader. She is a Board Member at Chandler and partners with senior management on strategic planning. Diane also serves on the board of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) (Audit, Finance, & Compensation). Previously, Diane served as the Nom/Gov Chair for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBSI) and was a member of the Risk Committee. Additionally, she was the Board Advisor to Organic Valley Co-op where she assisted the board with governance, audit, and compensation. Diane previously was the Chair and director of Enventis (NASDAQ: ENVE) until its merger with Consolidated Communications.

Diane was CEO of Foundation Bank in Bellevue, WA after an extensive career with Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) in Cincinnati, OH. She has received numerous accolades for her community service work and currently is the Investment Chair for the YMCA of the USA. Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Xavier University.

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Nicole Dragoo, JD, IACCP

President

Nicole Dragoo joined the firm in December 2001 and served in the roles of Chief Operating and Compliance Officer from 2008-2021. In April 2021, Nicole became President of the firm. She is responsible for firm operations and legal matters and oversees the firm’s compliance, investment operations, IT, administrative and human resources functions.

Nicole has held various roles working in and managing operations prior to accepting the responsibilities of COO and CCO. Before joining Chandler, Nicole served as a Trading Associate on the institutional fixed income sales desk at Merrill Lynch.

Nicole earned her B.A. from the University of San Diego in business economics and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Southern California Compliance Group. Additionally, Nicole holds the designation of Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

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Jayson Schmitt, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer

Jayson Schmitt is a Co-Chief Investment Officer at Chandler Asset Management. In addition to his duties as a Co-CIO, he oversees daily trading. He has been instrumental in the development and integration of quantitative analytic tools for the portfolio management process.

Prior to joining Chandler in 1995, Mr. Schmitt was employed as a Financial Analyst with USA Federal Credit Union in San Diego, managing a $100 million liquidity book. His responsibilities there also included asset/liability management.

Mr. Schmitt earned his B.A. in economics from San Diego State University. He is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

Diane Dewbrey is an experienced Board Member, Board Chair, and CEO of public/private companies. Diane’s strong strategic mindset, her agility and adaptability have made her an effective leader. She is a Board Member at Chandler and partners with senior management on strategic planning. Diane also serves on the board of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) (Audit, Finance, & Compensation). Previously, Diane served as the Nom/Gov Chair for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBSI) and was a member of the Risk Committee. Additionally, she was the Board Advisor to Organic Valley Co-op where she assisted the board with governance, audit, and compensation. Diane previously was the Chair and director of Enventis (NASDAQ: ENVE) until its merger with Consolidated Communications.

Diane was CEO of Foundation Bank in Bellevue, WA after an extensive career with Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) in Cincinnati, OH. She has received numerous accolades for her community service work and currently is the Investment Chair for the YMCA of the USA. Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Xavier University.

Nicole Dragoo joined the firm in December 2001 and served in the roles of Chief Operating and Compliance Officer from 2008-2021. In April 2021, Nicole became President of the firm. She is responsible for firm operations and legal matters and oversees the firm’s compliance, investment operations, IT, administrative and human resources functions.

Nicole has held various roles working in and managing operations prior to accepting the responsibilities of COO and CCO. Before joining Chandler, Nicole served as a Trading Associate on the institutional fixed income sales desk at Merrill Lynch.

Nicole earned her B.A. from the University of San Diego in business economics and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Southern California Compliance Group. Additionally, Nicole holds the designation of Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

Jayson Schmitt is a Co-Chief Investment Officer at Chandler Asset Management. In addition to his duties as a Co-CIO, he oversees daily trading. He has been instrumental in the development and integration of quantitative analytic tools for the portfolio management process.

Prior to joining Chandler in 1995, Mr. Schmitt was employed as a Financial Analyst with USA Federal Credit Union in San Diego, managing a $100 million liquidity book. His responsibilities there also included asset/liability management.

Mr. Schmitt earned his B.A. in economics from San Diego State University. He is a member of the CFA Society of San Diego and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

*Please see the disclosure page for additional details on professional designations held by our team.

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