About

Team

  • Portfolio Management
    • Peter B. Coffin President

      Peter B. CoffinPeter Coffin is the founder and President of Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc., a Boston based investment advisor managing over $18 billion in fixed income portfolios.  Prior to founding Breckinridge, Peter was a Senior Vice President with Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS.) At MFS, he managed municipal bond portfolios totaling over $2 billion and supervised the management of another $3 billion in both investment-grade and high-yield municipal bond strategies. In addition, as a member of the MFS’s Fixed Income Policy Committee, Peter was involved in the oversight of a range of taxable fixed income strategies for mutual fund and institutional client portfolios. Peter began his career as a fixed income analyst at the Connecticut National Bank in its Bond and Money Market Group. He next worked in the Bond Investment Division of Aetna Life & Casualty, starting as an analyst in the Financial Guarantee Department, and then joining the Corporate Public Bond Department as an Investment Officer. Peter received a B.A. with honors in Classical Studies from Hamilton College in 1982. He currently serves on the Board of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), has been a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Boston Municipal Analysts Forum and served a term on the Municipal Securities Rule Making Board (MSRB). He speaks regularly at conferences on topics related to the management of fixed income portfolios and his comments on the developments in the fixed income markets are regularly reported in numerous publications.

    • David J. Madigan* Chief Investment Officer

      David J. MadiganDavid joined Breckinridge in November of 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in the municipal bond market. Previously David was Executive Vice President at Thomson Financial where he was responsible for development and production of all global fixed income research products. He is currently serving on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board as a public representative for investors and on the Town of Duxbury Board of Selectmen.  David gained expertise in fixed income portfolio management as a Private Bank asset manager  for Bankers Trust and at Prudential Insurance where he managed single state municipal bond funds. David held the position of Chief Municipal Strategist for Merrill Lynch and was often quoted in the press, was a featured presenter at institutional conferences and was named to the Institutional Investor All Star list. His research on municipal bond risk management was published in 1994 in The Handbook of Municipal Bonds and in 1996 in Derivatives Risk and Responsibility. He received a B.B.A .in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

    • Matthew C. Buscone* Senior Vice President

      Matthew C. BusconeMatt joined the Trading team in August of 2002 and transitioned to Portfolio Management in 2008. He has over 18 years of experience in the municipal bond market. Prior to joining the firm, Matt was a Trader at  Mellon Private Asset Management where he was responsible for the tax exempt trading in over two thousand individual trust accounts and assisted with trading on six municipal bond funds. Prior to Mellon, Matt was a Portfolio Manager at David L. Babson and Co. for both taxable and tax exempt money market portfolios. While at David L. Babson, Matt also had trading responsibilities for the separately managed municipal accounts.  Matt graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI.

    • Anthony Greco Senior Vice President

      Anthony GrecoIn June 2014, Anthony, Senior Vice President, became a member of our Portfolio Management Team. Anthony joined Breckinridge in 2004 as a member of the Client Administration Team. In addition to his first role as a Client Service Representative, he has also held positions relating to account reconciliation and portfolio management support.  In July of 2008 he transitioned to a role as a member of the trading team, and was promoted to Head of Trading in September 2013. Anthony brings a valuable technical insight into his roles that allows for greater efficiencies and accuracies in daily transactional activity. Anthony earned a B.S. in Accounting from Stonehill College.

    • Ji Young Jung Vice President

      Ji Young Jung Ji Young joined Breckinridge in October 2010 as a member of the Credit Research team.  She transitioned to Portfolio Management in March 2012 as Portfolio Analyst and was promoted to Portfolio Manager in March 2013.  Prior to joining the firm, Ji Young was a Credit Analyst in the Public Finance Group at Assured Guaranty.  She began her career at Financial Security Assurance where she analyzed municipal and corporate bonds.  Ji Young is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Boston Municipal Analyst Forum.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.  

    • Sara Chanda* Vice President

      Sara ChandaSara joined Breckinridge in July 2010 as a Trader, and transitioned to Portfolio Management in December 2013. Previously, Sara was a Vice President and Trader at Eaton Vance Management responsible for trading various specialty state mutual funds. In addition, she oversaw their Separately Managed Account trading and operations while focusing on systems automation projects. Prior to Eaton Vance, Sara was responsible for municipal bond trading at Fidelity Investments.  Sara began her career at State Street Bank & Trust Company. Sara holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Providence College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

    • Eric Fernald Performance Analyst

      Eric joined Breckinridge as a Performance Analyst in June 2013. He began his career in the investment management industry in 2008 and most recently worked at Pioneer Investments. Eric started at Pioneer Investments in client service, then moved on to a Data Analyst role and finally became a Performance Reporting Analyst. In that role he supported marketing, portfolio management and product management with presentations for client meetings, attribution and composite management. Eric holds a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.B.A. from UMass Boston.

    • *Member of Investment Committee
  • Credit Research
    • Neil Grabowski* Director of Credit Research

      Neil GrabowskiNeil joined Breckinridge in May of 2008 as a Senior Vice President and Director of Research. He has over 30 years experience. Prior to joining the firm, Neil was Director of Municipal Bond Research at Gannett Welsh & Kotler, LLC. Neil began his career at Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford where he directed municipal research and managed insurance portfolios. He also has held research positions at the Colonial Group and Wellington Management. Neil is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Boston Municipal Analyst Forum. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

    • Adam Stern* Director of Municipal Research

      Adam Stern Adam joined Breckinridge in September 2009 and now serves as the Director of Municipal Research. Formerly, he was the Chief Financial and Policy Analyst for Connecticut's association of towns and cities. His writing on municipal insolvency and public pension law has appeared in The Bond Buyer, the daily newspaper of public finance. He has also authored two academic articles on the history of Connecticut's personal income tax and state budget. Adam holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University, and a B.A. from Amherst College.

    • Nicholas S. Elfner* Director of Corporate Research

      Nicholas S. ElfnerNick joined Breckinridge Capital Advisors in March of 2009 as Vice President of Research and now serves as the Director of Corporate Research and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has 20 years of industry experience and most recently was Vice President at Wellington Management where he researched and managed corporate bonds. He also held senior research positions with Merrill Lynch in New York and Toronto. While at Merrill, he was recognized by two fixed-income investor surveys as a ranked analyst for corporate bond research. He began his career at Smith Barney in Tokyo as an assistant bond trader. Nick is a member of the CFA Institute, the Boston Security Analysts Society and the Fixed Income Analysts’ Society. He is a member of the Anatolia College investment committee and also sits on the SASB Advisory Council. Nick holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and earned his M.B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. 

    • Christopher Woodward, CFA Vice President

      Christopher WoodwardChris joined Breckinridge in 1999 to assist with portfolio management and municipal bond analysis. He has over 19 years of municipal experience that began at Putnam Investments. He earned his CFA designation in 2001, and followed by serving as a program Instructor.  Chris supports analysis of the firm's corporate bonds.  He was previously a Senior Database Security Analyst with Scudder Kemper Investments.  Chris received a B.S. in Business Finance from Ithaca College. He is a member of the Boston Municipal Analysts Forum, the CFA Institute, and the Boston Security Analysts Society.

    • Robert J. Fernandez, CFA Vice President

      Robert J. Fernandez Rob joined Breckinridge in April of 2010 as a Vice President of Research. He has 11 years of experience and most recently was Senior Research Analyst at Opus Investment Management where he analyzed corporate and municipal bonds. Rob began his career in credit research at State Street Bank as a participant in its commercial loan officer development program. He has also held commercial credit analyst positions at Cambridge Savings Bank and Eastern Bank. Rob is a member of The Boston Security Analysts Society, the CFA Institute and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

    • Alriona Costigan Vice President

      Alriona CostiganAlriona joined Breckinridge in June of 2002. Previously, she was employed by Zurich Scudder in Dublin, Ireland in their portfolio administration group. Alriona holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Kemmy School of Business at the University of Limerick, Ireland, a Certificate in Investment Management from Dublin City University, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Limerick and a BA in Economics from the University College Dublin. She is also a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Boston Municipal Analyst Forum.

    • Sweta Singh Vice President

      Sweta SinghSweta joined Breckinridge in October of 2010. Sweta brings with her over 10 years of municipal and corporate research experience.  Prior to joining the firm, Sweta held research positions at Income Research and Management and Wellington Management.  Sweta also worked for New York State Division of Budget in its Debt Management Unit overseeing bond issuance for the State and Public Authorities. Sweta holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.P.A. from University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from State University of New York at Albany.  She is the Vice President for the Boston Municipal Analysts Forum and also a member of the National Association of Municipal Analysts. She has assisted with NFMA’s white paper on expert work products and its response to the GASB’s preliminary views on Postemployment Benefit Accounting and Financial Reporting.

    • Andrew Teras Senior Analyst

      Andrew joined Breckinridge in September 2013. Previously, he was an Associate Director at Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, where he was responsible for credit analysis of municipal issuers in the eastern United States. Prior to that, he served as a financial analyst in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Andrew holds master’s degrees in business administration and urban planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Boston Municipal Analysts Forum.

    • Khurram Gillani Analyst

      Khurram GillianiKhurram joined Breckinridge in June 2012. Khurram analyzes municipal and corporate bonds. Most recently, he was a Municipal Credit intern at C.W. Henderson & Associates. Prior to that, Khurram was as an Options and Derivatives Research Analyst at TDD Options. Khurram is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Fixed Income Analysts Society. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a M.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    • Kevin Lehman Analyst

      Kevin joined Breckinridge in January 2013. Kevin analyzes municipal and corporate bonds. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Investment Banking Intern at Sustainable Development Capital where he helped financial institutions, corporations and developers structure and raise capital for large-scale renewable energy and sustainable development projects. Kevin is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Fixed Income Analysts Society. He holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology and Accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University. Before attaining his M.S., Kevin also was an equities trader at Kirby York, a New York-based hedge fund. He is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Boston University.

    • Michael Bonanno Associate
    • Patrick L. Araujo-Lipine Associate
    • Joseph C. Andrews Associate
    • *Member of Investment Committee
  • Trading
    • Lisa Winslow Vice President

      Lisa WinslowLisa joined the firm in May of 2000. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in municipal bond trading and portfolio management. She joined The Bank of Boston in 1978 where she worked in the municipal trading and underwriting area until 1990. Lisa transferred to Eagle Investment where she was responsible for all tax-exempt trading for the trust, custodial and agency accounts. She was also the Portfolio Manager for the bank's money market funds with assets totaling over $6 billion. Lisa is a member of the Municipal Bond Club of Boston. Lisa attended Salem State College.

    • Jeffrey Glenn, CFA* Vice President

      Jeffrey GlennJeff joined Breckinridge’s Trading team in May 2012. He has over 15 years of investment experience and was most recently an Associate Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Brandes Investment Partners. In this role, he researched and traded corporate bonds. Prior to Brandes Investment Partners, Jeff was an Associate Director at Banc One Capital Markets where he was responsible for covering investment grade utility credits. Jeff began his career at Old Republic Asset Management as an Investment Analyst. Jeff holds a B.A. from Union College and is a member of the CFA Institute.

    • Benjamin Pease Vice President

      Ben joined Breckinridge in May, 2014. He has over 15 years of professional trading experience in several asset classes. Prior to Breckinridge, Ben worked at TD Asset Management, where he was a Vice President and Senior Fixed Income Trader. Ben was responsible for trade execution of various fixed income asset classes, daily oversight of the trading desk and its staff and participation on the Fixed Income Portfolio Management Team. Prior to this role, Ben worked at Banknorth Investment Management where he was promoted to Head Trader in 2005, overseeing the daily trading for approximately $7B AUM. Ben began his trading career at Fidelity Investments in 1999, obtaining his Series 7, 63 and 4 licenses with responsibilities for trading equities, fixed income, options and mutual funds as part of the Spartan Trading Team. Ben holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently pursuing his MBA.

    • Benjamin M. Smelser Trader

      Benjamin M. Smelser Ben joined Breckinridge in May 2010 as a member of the Client Administration team. In January 2011, he transitioned to Credit Research as an Associate and was promoted to Senior Analyst in February 2013. In December 2013, he moved to the Trading Team. Ben is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and an adjunct member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Southeastern University and an M.B.A. from Bentley University.

    • Adam J. Maietta Associate

      Adam joined Breckinridge's Client Administration team in June 2011, and transitioned to the Trading team in July 2014. Previously, he worked as a forensic analyst at Secure Financial Services. Adam currently holds his Series 65 license. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Vermont and is currently working to obtain his M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University.

    • *Member of Investment Committee
  • Consultant Relations
    • Phillip A. Newell Executive Vice President

      Phillip A. Newell Phil joined Breckinridge in October 1998. Previously, Phil spent 10 years on the municipal dealer side in institutional sales and trading. Prior to working exclusively in the municipal market, Phil was an Investment Officer at the Shawmut Bank of Boston and managed one of the bank's repurchase agreement portfolios. He was a member of the Municipal Bond Club of Boston and has held Series 7, 63 and 52 licenses and currently holds his FINRA Series 65 license. Phil received a B.A. in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

    • Christopher J. Day Senior Vice President

      Christopher J. DayChris joined the Consultant Relations team at Breckinridge in January 2004 as a Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2010.  In his role, Chris assists in setting the Consultant Relations team’s strategy and directly manages many of the firm’s key relationships.  In addition, he serves as a member of the firm’s Risk Committee and has been the primary host of the Breckinridge Podcast since its inception.  Previously, he spent 3 years in institutional sales at Decision Economics, Inc., a macro-economic consulting firm based in Boston. At Decision Economics, his primary responsibilities were business development and relationship management for the firm's Global Macro hedge fund and proprietary trading desk clients. He started his career in the Marketing department of Putnam Investments. Chris currently holds his FINRA Series 65 license and graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Government & Legal Studies.

    • Timothy J. Coffin Senior Vice President

      Tim CoffinTim joined Breckinridge's Consultant Relations team in May 2012. Tim has over 20 years of experience in the fixed income markets. Most recently, Tim was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he launched and managed the firm's Municipal Finance Group within Fidelity Capital Markets. In that capacity, his group was responsible for average annual underwriting engagements in excess of $30 billion. Prior to Fidelity, he spent over 10 years with Corby Capital Markets where he managed sales and marketing and served his last 3 years as the firm's President. Additionally, Tim was an institutional salesman with both Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and RBC Dain Rauscher. Tim has served as Governor of the Municipal Bond Club of Boston and has held FINRA licenses; Series 7, 63, 24 & 53. He currently holds his Series 65 and received his B.A. from Hobart College.

    • James L. Spidle, CFA Vice President

      James L. SpidleJames joined the Consultant Relations team at Breckinridge in October of 2010 and has over 11 years of experience in the industry.  Previously, he spent over 8 years at Gannett Welsh & Kotler, LLC. where his primary responsibilities included business development and relationship management within the firm’s Sales and Client Service group.  He started his career in the Mutual Funds department at Loomis Sayles & Co., L.P. as an associate in the Sales and Marketing Group and then as an a Quantitative/Performance Analyst in the Fund Administration Group.  James currently holds his FINRA Series 65 license and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. James graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Psychology.

    • Mitchel J. Syp Assistant Vice President

      Mitchel J. Syp Mitch joined the Consultant Relations team at Breckinridge in July of 2011. Previously, Mitch spent 3 years at Columbia Management as a trader in their municipal bond group. Prior to that, he worked on the municipal dealer side in the institutional sales group at A.G. Edwards. Mitch started his career in financial services at State Street Bank & Trust Company in their portfolio accounting group. He has held FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and currently holds his Series 65 license. Mitch graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Sociology.

    • Jeremy Jenkins, CFA Assistant Vice President

      Jeremy JenkinsJeremy joined the Consultant Relations team at Breckinridge in October of 2011 and has over 6 years of experience in the industry. He started his career in the Client Service group at BlackRock where his primary responsibilities included providing support to clients in open-end and closed-end products. Jeremy has held FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 licenses and currently holds his Series 65 license. Jeremy graduated from Framingham State College with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Suffolk University. Jeremy is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the CFA Institute. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

    • Ariana Jackson Associate

      Ariana joined Breckinridge in November 2008 as a member of the Client Services Team. In March 2013, she transitioned to Consultant Relations. Prior to joining the firm, Ariana was a Financial Representative for John Hancock Financial Network. Ariana earned her B.S. in Economics and Finance from Bentley University and she currently holds a FINRA Series 65 license.

    • Abigail Ingalls Assistant Vice President

      Abigail IngallsAbigail joined Breckinridge’s Consultant Relations team in September 2013. She began her career with Breckinridge’s Client Administration team in June 2009 and transitioned to Credit Research as a Research Associate in September 2009. During her tenure with the Credit Research team, Abigail was promoted to an Analyst in July 2011 and a Senior Analyst in February 2013. Abigail is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, Boston Security Analysts Society, Boston Area Sustainability Group, and Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium; she also sits on the Associates Committee of the Women in Public Finance, Boston Chapter.  Abi holds a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University and an M.B.A in Finance from the Boston University School of Management.

    • Cara Early Associate

      Cara joined Breckinridge's Client Administration team in May 2013, and transitioned to Consultant Relations in July 2014. She graduated from Union College with a B.A. in Asia-Related Political and Economic Studies and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from Boston University. Cara holds her Series 65 license.

  • Marketing
    • Katie Pierce Vice President

      Katie PierceKatie joined Breckinridge in April 2010 and was promoted to Vice President and Director of Marketing in March 2013. She has over 8 years of investment marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining Breckinridge, she spent 5 years at Boston-based investment management firm State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). At SSgA, she held marketing roles within the company’s Consultant Relations and Fixed Income Investment teams. Prior to this, she worked as a Mortgage Closer for Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group (RBMG). Katie graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Economics and currently holds a FINRA Series 65 license. 

    • Kelly Wight Associate
    • Meghan Binder Associate
  • Client Services
    • J.W. Craig Vice President

      J.W. CraigJ.W. serves as Breckinridge’s Director of Client Services. After an initial year with Breckinridge from 2003-2004, he returned in January 2006 as part of the Consultant Relations team and assumed his current role in 2011. Prior to his return to Breckinridge, J.W. spent 2 years with a Boston-based investment consulting firm where his responsibilities included manager search and selection, along with relationship management for both their institutional and private client divisions.  He started his career in financial services in 2002 with Brown Brothers Harriman in their Global Custody group. J.W. currently holds his FINRA Series 65 license and graduated from Gettysburg College with honors with a B.A. in Economics and a concentration in Japanese Studies.

    • Christina Parisi Associate
    • Judy Mears Associate
  • Operations & Compliance
    • Andrew L. Meyers Chief Operating/Compliance Officer

      Andrew L. Meyers Andrew joined Breckinridge in November 2002 as Chief Operating Officer. He assumed the additional role of Chief Compliance Officer in November 2006. Andrew has over 25 years experience managing professional service organizations. Prior to joining Breckinridge, Andrew was President of AM Consulting where he consulted to a select group of clients in the financial service and legal markets with a focus on technical strategy and implementation and executive level operational support. From 1983 through 1995, Andrew was a principal in Legal Support Services, a technology consulting firm providing technical expertise and strategies to professional services companies. Andrew has a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Boston University.

    • Kathy Washburn Sustainability Officer

      Kathy WashburnKathy serves as Breckinridge’s Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Integration. Kathy returned to Breckinridge in 2007 having previously worked at Breckinridge from 1995-2001. Prior to her original Breckinridge employment, she spent 3 years at Colonial Management as a Trader and 3 years at Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS). At MFS, Kathy served as a Trading Assistant and Quantitative Analyst for various municipal mutual funds teams. She started her career as a Trading Assistant at Putnam Investments and brings over 25 years of experience to Breckinridge. Kathy graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Finance and has a Project Management Graduate Certificate from Boston University.

    • Valerie Hanson Supervisor, Trade Operations
    • Denise Thompson Trade Operations Assistant
    • Mark Carlson Supervisor, Account Reconciliation
    • Brian Kelleher Trade Support Specialist
  • Information Technology
    • Jesse Starks Director of Development

      Jesse joined Breckinridge in February 2011 and serves as the Director of Development. He has over 10 years of experience designing and managing large-scale distributed systems. Previously, he was a Senior Web Systems Engineer for Aetna, where he specialized in online information security, infrastructure design, and performance analysis. He also represented Aetna at Microsoft's Interoperability Executive Council, a consortium dedicated to creating standards across emerging internet technologies. Prior to Aetna, Jesse was a Systems Developer at the University of Connecticut where his responsibilities included development of online education systems, external/internal web portals, and public facing web entities. He started his career in 2001 with Sennheiser Electronics Corp, as manager of North American Marketing and Ecommerce websites.

    • Matthew Wood Director of Systems Engineering

      Matt joined Breckinridge's Technology team in January 2012, and has over 10 years of experience with diverse, large-scale system design and support . He started his career working at Central Connecticut State University's (CCSU) School Of Technology as a server and network administrator. Responsibilities included providing support to faculty and students as well as the design and setup of the university's information systems. In 2006, Matt joined Travelers Inc. as a Distributed Systems Specialist responsible for the management and support of the organization's data center. In 2007 Matt moved to Aetna Inc.'s Web Engineering team. This position focused on all facets of "web" technology including system design, development, automation and administration. Matt graduated from CCSU in 2006 with a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking Engineering.

    • Diana L. Tortolini Software Engineer
    • Bobbie Stivers Systems Engineer
    • Justin Forrest Software Engineer
    • Gary Farber Software Engineer
  • Administration
    • Charlyn Copp Executive Assistant

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