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Finance Center Contacts

Jill Foote El Paso CenterJill Foote
Lecturer of Management
Email: jfoote@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-3146

In addition to serving as director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center and a senior lecturer in finance, Foote is director of the M.A. Wright Fund, the student-managed investment portfolio, and is faculty advisor to the Rice Finance Club. Her principal teaching responsibilities are in investment management. She has 13 years of experience from Goldman Sachs in New York, where her later seven years were spent as a vice president, managing a large group involved in strategic initiatives, new business ventures, risk management, and operational, regulatory, and financial audits and risk reviews. The first six years were spent as a sales associate in fixed income: first in money markets, then in emerging debt. Foote holds a Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University, an M.A. in economics from New York University, and a B.A. in economics and managerial studies from Rice University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Nolan Waugh El Paso CenterJames Lenz

Associate Director
Email: james.e.lenz@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-3166

James handles day-to-day operational matters in the Finance Center, educates students on analysis tools they will see in the finance workplace, and works with faculty members to develop ways to integrate the Finance Center's resources into the curriculum. James holds a B.S. in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A. from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. While at the Jones School, James served as the Chief Investment Officer of the M.A. Wright Fund

Yuhang Xing, PhD, CFA
Academic Director
Associate Professor of Finance
Email: yxing@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-4167

Yuhang Xing is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Professor Xing became a faculty member in July, 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance, with distinction, from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, in 2003. She received an M.S. in Decision Science and Economics from Northwestern University in 1998 and a B.A., with distinction, in economics from Peking University, Beijing, in 1997. Her research covers a wide range of topics in empirical asset pricing. She has taught Investments, Corporate Finance, Fixed Income, and Futures & Options here at the Jones School.