Helane Morrison’s Career In Finance Law And Portfolio Advisory

Helane Morrison’s job at Hall Capital Partners is to make sure the firm is complying with all investing and securities laws while managing the portfolios of high profile clients as well as non-profit groups and institutions. Hall Capital Partners is based in San Francisco and is currently run by CEO and Chairwoman Kathryn Hall, and its mission is to manage funds through an open and transparent process using sound investment principles. Morrison has helped guide this firm within the legal framework of investing for nearly 10 years.


Morrison grew up in New York and originally considered going into journalism with the passion she had for writing, and she got a bachelor’s degree in the field from Northwestern University in Chicago. But she soon decided law was where she could excel the most in, so she got accepted to the University of California at Berkeley law school where she got her J.D. and also wrote for the California Law Review journal. After completing law school she started out as a clerk who assisted the Hon. Richard Posner at the US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, and then moved up to the US Supreme Court where she clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun during several hearings.


Morrison started her law practice in 1986 for a well-known San Francisco firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin where she litigated cases relating to business practices and predatory financial cases. She also took cases involving espionage, fraud and other major areas. Her work at the firm was noticed by the SEC who wanted someone with her experience to join their enforcement team, so in 1996 she joined the SEC in the San Francisco division. Her work there consisted of tracking down embezzled funds, big corporations that tried to evade tax laws, and other major securities and investing violations. She moved up the ranks in the SEC from local office enforcer to Regional Director.


She wanted to make a difference by showing middle class investors that there were still people in the world of finance who cared about them and not just making money off of decisions. She also felt Hall Capital Partners brought a new face to the corporate world by having largely female executives there.


Change through the philanthropy of Betsy DeVos

Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos comes from a family of philanthropists. Her parents Elsa and Edgar Prince have donated over 45 million dollars to a large number of charitable causes. However, the charitable impact of the DeVos family goes back for decades. Betsy’s parents were billionaires and entrepreneurs living in Holland Michigan. Betsy was born on January 8th, 1958. Growing up, Betsy DeVos followed in her parents’ footsteps. She became a famous business woman and a very well-known contributor to political campaigns as well as a philanthropist. She is also a strong supporter of education in America. In fact, Betsy is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

The amount of money she has raised to support a variety of causes amounts to millions upon millions. As a political campaign contributor, she raised over 150 000 dollars in order to support George Bush during his re-election campaign in 2004. Betsy also held a number of republican fundraising events in Holland, Michigan. She has some experience in the field of politics that she gained during her position as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She occupied the position for two years. Betsy also has a very rich experience in management as she has worked as a part of the administration of a variety of projects. She and her parents have been noted participants in Republican political matters and have donated over 18 million dollars.

Betsy DeVos launched a foundation that supports education, community, social justice and arts together with her husband in 1989. It is called the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and has so far raised over 12 million dollars. Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated more than 850 million dollars to a long list of charitable causes. The couple has been strong supporters of the American education. A large number of academic institutions have benefitted from that. University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the Potter’s House, a Christian school, Success Academy Charter Schools, the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical Center, the nonprofit Alliance for School Choice and much more. Dick and Betsy DeVos have shown support to many Christian education groups.

A lasting impact that the DeVos family have had is the Art Prize which they established in 2009. It takes place in Grand Rapids in the state of Michigan and is an international art competition. The long history of the charitable impact that the DeVos family has had for decades has helped thousands of people through the philanthropy work and their life long support of education in the United States of America. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is a worthy continuation of the philanthropic history. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

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