Jeff Conrad

Jeff Conrad, president and founder of AgIS Capital, recipient of Penn State’s Alumni Fellow Award.

BOSTON, MA — The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) has announced that AgIS Capital’s founder and President Jeffrey A. Conrad is a recipient of this year’s Alumni Fellow Award.

According to Penn State’s Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellow Award is the university’s most prestigious award. This year’s recipients will be honored during a livestreamed ceremony on September 28 at 6 p.m. ET.

A native of Pennsylvania, Conrad graduated from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 1983.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University before beginning a long and distinguished career in the institutional agricultural investment sector.  Early in his career, Jeff helped establish and then lead the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), a unit of John Hancock Financial Services.  In 2013, he founded AgIS Capital with two former partners with whom he worked at HAIG.


The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Conrad is an expert in agricultural investing and has been featured in numerous publications, including Barron’sFinancial TimesInstitutional Investor, The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He’s appeared on the BBC, CNBC, TV Tokyo, and Bloomberg News. During his career, Conrad has been a member of several financial, agricultural, and program advisory boards and committees. At Penn State, he was a member of the Agribusiness Management Program Advisory Board and a Laurel Circle Member of the Mount Nittany Society.

Conrad has been involved in agriculture his entire life and is an avid supporter of Pennsylvania 4-H. He’s created three endowed undergraduate scholarships for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and The Smeal College of Business, and is a supporter and mentor for the Students for Cultivating Change Club. Most recently he was recognized for funding the establishment of the Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at the university. Conrad, a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, lives in Boston with his husband, Jeff Sulloway.