Ron Fielding is the retired chief strategist and senior vice president of the Rochester division of Oppenheimer Funds Inc., one of the nation’s largest asset management companies. He managed its Rochester municipal bond funds and their predecessors, The Rochester Funds, for more than 25 years.
He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1970 and was in the PhD economics program at the University of Rochester the following three years, earning a master's degree in 1973, and an MBA from Simon three years later.
Ron was an adjunct professor at RIT and the Graduate School of Management (predecessor of the Simon School) from 1975 to 1982, while doing corporate finance and bond portfolio work at two Rochester banks. In 1980, he founded Fielding Management and The Rochester Funds, specializing in municipal and convertible bonds. In 1995 his business was sold to OppenheimerFunds, and he became senior vice president and manager of all municipal bond funds. Under his leadership, Oppenheimer's municipal group grew from $4 billion to $35 billion in total assets before his retirement in 2009.
At the Simon Business School, Ron has been a member of the Executive Advisory Committee since 2005, and he also serves on the Simon National Council and the Simon Campaign Committee. A tremendous advocate of scholarships, he established the Ronald H. Fielding Scholarship Fund in 1996 to provide support for Simon students. A 1995 recipient of the Simon Distinguished Alumnus Award, he is also a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society.
Ron is a board member of Amana Mutual Funds, ICI Mutual Insurance Company, and Saturna Investment Trust. He also serves on the Delta Point Capital Management Inc. Advisory Committee and is a former board member of the Investment Company Institute. He is a member and past president of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Rochester.
In addition to these leadership roles, he is a board member of St. John’s College, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and Geva Theatre Center. He received the Philanthropy Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation in 1998 and was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2005.
He has three children: David, Michael and Rachel. Michael is graduating this June from Simon’s MS in Marketing program.