Management Team

We invite you to meet our management team:

David J. Christensen
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer

Vice President - Investments from 2007 to 2009; Vice President, Corporate Development of Gabriel Resources Ltd. 2006 to 2008; independent financial consultant from 2003 to 2006; Director of Fundamental Equity Research for Credit Suisse First Boston from 2002 to 2003; First Vice President, Global Coordinator of Mining Research at Merrill Lynch 1998 to 2001 and Precious Metals Analyst at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 1998; Portfolio Manager of Franklin Gold Fund and Valuemark Precious Metals Funds for Franklin Templeton Group (a global investment management organization) from 1990 to 1994.
Sara Heston
Vice President of Investments

Prior to joining ASA in January 2010, Ms. Heston was an analyst with White River Investments for three years. At White River she worked as a generalist with specific emphasis on the natural resources, education, financials and business services sectors. Previously, she spent three years as a technology analyst with Spinner Asset Management. Ms. Heston holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Columbia University.
David Lin
Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ASA in September 2014, Mr. Lin was a Director of Finance for White Oak Global Advisors, LLC and Chief Financial Officer for White Oak Merchant Partners, LLC. Previously, Mr. Lin spent four years at Ernst & Young, most recently as an Audit Manager in the Asset Management practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, he was a Senior Accountant at Novogradac & Company. He received a BS in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jack Huntington
Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Huntington has over 17 years of 1940 Act mutual fund/ETF legal and compliance experience. Prior to joining Foreside in 2015, an independent company that provides outsourced fund officer and related services, Jack was a Senior Vice President at Citi for seven years, most recently serving as the Head of Citi’s Regulatory Administration Department. Mr. Huntington’s previous experience also includes roles as Senior Counsel at MetLife, where he served for four years as Assistant Secretary to two investment advisers and two investment companies containing over 80 portfolios, and Associate in the Financial Services and Investment Management Group at Dechert LLP.  Mr. Huntington holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and a JD from Drake University Law School.

James Nash
Corporate Secretary
Mr. Nash has over 12 years of 1940 Act mutual fund accounting, administration, legal and compliance experience.  Prior to joining Foreside, Jim was a Regulatory Administration Advisor with JPMorgan, providing comprehensive regulatory and compliance support services to fund clients.  Jim's previous experience includes supervisory roles with State Street and Pioneer Investments, where he gained operational experience in fund accounting and administration.