Welcome to the investment-focused section of The Gambrell Foundation’s blog. I am Brittany Priester, and I will be your “tour guide” for investment-related matters pertaining to the foundation. In my role as the foundation’s Investment Advisor, I implement and manage the investment portfolio, which is a collection of cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, private equity, etc. I am responsible for investment policy formation, asset allocation development, manager due diligence and portfolio performance monitoring and reporting, which is fancy speak for saying that I oversee and execute all investment-related aspects of the foundation.

I bring 11 years of investment management experience to the foundation. Prior to joining the Gambrell team, I was a Portfolio Manager for Maybry McShane Family Offices, a local multi-family office, where I managed assets for family foundations, including The Gambrell Foundation. Before joining Maybry McShane, I was a Family Investment Associate with GenSpring Family Offices, a nationwide multi-family office in Charlotte, where I also managed family foundation investment portfolios. I began my career as an International Investment Analyst at Cambridge Associates, LLC, an institutional investment consulting firm in Washington, DC, where my client base exclusively comprised foundation and endowment investment portfolios.

Sally Gambrell is the foundation’s President and the only child of the founder, Sarah Belk Gambrell. In January 2018, Sally introduced the idea of impact investing to me by plopping The Impact Assets Handbook for Investors by Jed Emerson on my desk with the directive to “figure it out.” Sally first learned about the concept of impact investing when she attended Southeastern Council of Foundation’s 2016 annual meeting. Combining my professional experience in traditional portfolio management with Sally’s out-of-the-box thinking and creative vision for the future, we embarked on the journey of restructuring the foundation’s investment portfolio in 2018.


Brittany Priester

Brittany Priester

Investment Advisor