Thomas founded Unison and leads the company’s overall strategic direction. He has more than twenty years of experience building large-scale consumer finance and investment management businesses at companies such as Barclay’s Global Investors, where he managed the $28 billion residential mortgage portfolio, built the first Fixed Income ETF (iShares), and developed Barclay’s Global Multi-Strategy and Credit Long/Short fund.
Thomas holds an Academy Economist degree from Niels Brock’s Academy of International Business in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served on the Board of Outward Bound. Plus: he's also an avid sailboat racer and kite surfer, and launched the world’s first junior kiteboard race team.
Matt is Unison's Chief Investment Officer responsible for all investments at Unison Investment Management and its associated research. Matt’s most recent previous engagement was to run the LifePath series of funds at BlackRock. LifePath is a multi-asset (target date) series of funds with global reach and over $300B in assets. The funds were gold-rated by MorningStar and carried such ratings ranging from 3 to 5 (the highest rating). In addition, they were buy-rated by all major consultants. In addition, Matt also spoke frequently on the subjects of retirement savings and retirement spending.
He worked at BGI/BLK from 2003-when he graduated as valedictorian from the Masters in Financial Engineering program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business-to February, 2021. Besides running the LifePath series of funds, Matt developed the CoRI retirement indexes and their associated analytics and interface, known as iRetire. Previous to his work in multi-asset portfolio management and retirement innovation, Matt worked in the quantitative fixed income group at BGI. His work included researching, assisting in the launch, and running, of BGI’s flagship quantitative credit long/short fund. He has also researched and launched funds in the government bond and securitized credit spaces. He has also consulted in the single family residential FinTech space over the years.
Matt has also served on the board of the CFA Society of San Francisco, including as president.