About Us

About the Foundation

About the Foundation

Since inception, the Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes Foundation and the Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference has raised over $1 million dollars to support Bay Area organizations focused on improving educational opportunities and life outcomes for underserved youth. A portion of the proceeds from the annual Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference also benefit our partner, The Sohn Conference Foundation, in their dedicated efforts towards finding new treatments and a cure for pediatric cancer and related childhood diseases.

Organizations interested in applying to be a conference beneficiary can contact info@excellencesf.org.



Peter Lardner

Peter Lardner, President

Peter manages the West Coast Prime Brokerage business for Goldman Sachs and has been a relationship manager for West Coast hedge funds since moving to the San Francisco office in 2004. He is responsible for sourcing new hedge fund business and providing connectivity for current hedge fund clients to the firm’s full suite of resources. Peter joined Goldman Sachs in London in 2000 and worked in both equity and derivative sales. He was named managing director in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a financial correspondent for Reuters news agency in London and Tokyo, covering global energy markets. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the charitable organization Help For Children/Hedge Funds Care. Peter earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from London Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.


Patrick Wolff, Vice President

Mr. Wolff was most recently managing director and portfolio manager at Thiel Macro LLC. He was previously founder and managing member of Grandmaster Capital LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund from January 2011 – June 2015. Prior to founding Grandmaster Capital, from August 2005 – December 2010 Mr. Wolff was a managing director at Clarium Capital Management, the predecessor fund to Thiel Macro LLC. Mr. Wolff graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with an AB in philosophy, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa. Mr. Wolff is also a chess grandmaster and played chess professionally from 1989 – 1997, and was twice US Chess Champion, in 1992 and 1995.

Julia Moore, Treasurer

Julia invests in early stage, hard science companies as a Partner at Breakout Ventures and as the Portfolio Director of Breakout Labs, a seed fund within Peter Thiel’s foundation. Earlier in her career, she was a life sciences investor with Kearny Venture Partners, a healthcare research analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners, the head of business development and strategy at TriVascular and part of an institute at Stanford. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Julia is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Rebecca Chia, Secretary

Rebecca Chia joined Third Point in 2018 as Managing Director. Prior to joining Third Point, Rebecca was the Co‐Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Raine Group,a technology,media and telecom focused merchant bank. Previously, Rebecca was Head of Asia‐Pacific Sales and Client Service at Davidson Kempner Capital Management. Prior to Davidson Kempner, she was at Atlantic‐Pacific Capital, a placement agent focused on capital raising for alternative investments. Rebecca started her career as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Rebecca holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Economics and Journalism and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

Seth H. Blackman

Seth is a partner based in KPMG’s San Francisco office and serves as the lead partner responsible for market development of its Bay Area Alternative Investments practice. Seth works with both domestic and international clients within the hedge, venture, and private equity sectors, including fund of funds. He has extensive experience with various investment products, strategies and structures where he provides clients with key considerations and best practices in the industry. Seth is an audit partner and member of the firm’s national hedge fund committee contributing to the development of KPMG’s hedge fund platform and audit methodology.