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Christopher Magana

Contributing Assistant Professor of Finance

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland  Oregon  97201


I am a full-time investment practitioner, part-time financial markets educator, and lifelong value investing student. As a practitioner I protect and grow generational wealth for high-net-worth clients and foundations and endowments based in the Pacific Northwest. I deploy capital based on the timeless principles of value investing: (1) Avoid permanent losses of capital, (2) Invest when opportunities provide a reasonable margin of safety, and (3) Invest in businesses within my circle of competence.


Chris Magana joined the contributing faculty of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in summer 2015. Chris brings with him nearly two decades of portfolio management experience.

As a contributing assistant professor, Chris teaches students the principles of portfolio management, personal finance, foundational finance theories, and value investing. He also oversees the student managed investment fund, currently valued at $450,000.

Chris is passionate about contributing to the development of the next generation of value investors and responsible business leaders and wants “students to have the analytical tools to think independently and seek ethical solutions."


Willamette University, College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2004
Emphasis: Business Law

Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Master of Business Administration, 2004
Emphasis: Finance

East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai China, 2002
Emphasis: China Comparative Law

Concordia University
Bachelor of Arts, 2000
Emphasis: Business Administration and International Business

Areas of Instruction

Portfolio Management, Personal Finance, Foundational Finance Theories and Value Investing

Professional Experience

IMS Capital Management, Inc., Portland, OR
2014 to present; appointed president in 2016

West Coast Trust, Portland, OR
Senior Portfolio Manager, Vice President; 2009-2014
Interim Director of Investments, Vice President; 2014
Portfolio Manager, 2005-2009

Boards, Organizations and Consulting

Black Founders Matter Fund, Portland, OR
Advisory Board Member, 2021-Present

Union Furniture, Inc., Portland, OR
Board Member, 2020-Present

Oregon Sports Angels, Portland, OR
Member and investor, 2021-Present

Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
Executive Board Member/Treasurer, 2014-Present

Oregon Community Foundation, Portland, OR
Investment Committee and Audit Committee Member, 2016-Present

Philanthropic Investment for Community Impact, Salem, OR
Advisory Board Member, 2016-Present

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.