Our Team


Gabrielle Parish


In January, 2003 Gabrielle founded the GF Parish Group, an executive search firm focusing exclusively on the asset management business.  She had previously established the Minneapolis office for the search firm, Warren International, in the spring of 1999. She has executed a wide variety of searches in the investment management area, including numerous team lift outs. This follows an investment management career that began in 1980. Before entering the search industry Gabrielle was a Senior Vice President of American Express Asset Management. During her more than 12 years there she was responsible for institutional sales and client service to corporate plans nationwide, in addition to varied responsibilities with U.S. public funds and institutional investors in Latin America. She helped the firm see its assets under management appreciate tenfold. She also oversaw strategic planning for the asset management group where she focused on expanding global distribution capabilities to institutions and intermediaries. Gabrielle was also responsible for building strategic alliances and merger and acquisition activity. At American Express, she executed her first lift-out of a team of portfolio managers. Previously, Gabrielle was a Vice President of Marketing in the Options Department of what was then called Salomon Smith Barney. In that role, she developed relationships across the U.S. with retail financial consultants to assist them in the development of their individual practices; she conducted client and broker seminars and provided daily investment ideas. Before joining Salomon Smith Barney she was an options trader for Paine Webber. Gabrielle holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Vice President and Senior Consultant

David H. Parish, Ph.D.


David joined the team at GF Parish Group in 2012 as a Vice President and Head of Technology following a career that has spanned technology leadership at Ameriprise (then IDS) and several technology start-ups.  Prior to joining GFPG, David was founder and CEO of Calypso Systems, a company that designs and manufactures K-12 school communication products.   Previously, David was a member of IDS’ Emerging Technology Team, tasked with redesigning workflow across multiple business units and leveraging advances in productivity tools.  He subsequently provided similar services as an independent consultant to other American Express business units including The Boston Company and Travel Related Services.  His practice focus at GF Parish Group is on investment management technology, data governance, information security, risk and operations.  As Vice President, David is responsible for insuring that GFPG uses the most effective, reliable and secure database, search and infrastructure tools available,  and helping the organization to work as efficiently as possible. David earned a BA from Dickinson College, where he studied Psychology, and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from New York University.  His transition to business followed several years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology.

Search Consultant

Julie Amende


Julie joined GF Parish Group in 2013 as Search Consultant after more than twelve years in the investment industry. Prior to joining GF Parish Group, Julie was Product Manager at Ameriprise financial where she conducted due diligence on new product offerings, resulting in the launch of Alternative Investment products including real estate investment trusts, managed futures funds, hedge fund offerings and business development companies. She was also responsible for hosting product-specific webinars for the advisor force. Previously, Julie was a research analyst at tjb advisors, providing investment advice and recommendations on exchange traded funds and closed end funds. Julie also spent more than four years as a research analyst at both ThinkEquity LLC and Piper Jaffray, covering more than 25 public companies within the consumer sector. While a research analyst,  Julie was responsible for creating, forecasting and analyzing financial models, building strong partnerships with leading financial institutions and company CEO’s and CFO’s at large industry conferences.  Julie began her investment career at Ameriprise Financial providing research and statistical support to Portfolio Managers and research analysts.  Julie holds a BA in Economics and Management from Luther College.