Wakefield welcomes John Neff as our new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  John brings a multitude of talents as well as a strong passion for the school and for the community.  

He grew up in an academically centered household where both parents achieved master’s degrees from Harvard University.  He was taught early on that “practical” learning in combination with a strong liberal arts background would allow one an open platform for pursuing their passions. 

Neff has already fulfilled one of his life’s dreams by becoming partner at Akre Capital Management in Middleburg where he helps direct the investments of approximately $4.5 billion in assets.  He was named Co-Portfolio Manager of the Akre Focus Fund in August 2014. 

Prior to his assignment at Akre, he worked for 10 years at William Blair & Company in equity research and as a senior analyst.  From the years of 1994 – 1999, Neff worked for First Chicago NBD Corporation and Merrill Lynch in the securities industry.  John received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1999 and holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University.   

John and his lovely wife, Jennifer, live in Marshall, Va.  They have two children, Michael, an 8th grader, and Kate, a 5th grader.  The Neff family moved to this area from Chicago in 2010.   John still holds true to being a life-long Bears fan!  

In accepting his new post John stated, “This is such an exciting time for Wakefield School.  The school is outstanding and the new momentum that’s building is truly impressive.  To serve and cultivate that from this new vantage point is a very special privilege.”