Expertise & Integrity

We offer clients our unique expertise, delivered in a high-service model. 

Institutional Money Management  

Clients receive the benefit of our strong backgrounds in the rigors and quality of high-end institutional investment management. We have over 15 years of experience directly managing assets multi-billion dollar endowments, foundations, universities, corporations, and sovereign wealth funds. We bring those institutional money management best-practices to our clients. 

Family Office Stewardship and Service  

We have worked directly with some of the largest family groups in the country – leading and collaborating with their estate, trust, tax, and planning resources as a true fiduciary advisor - in service of multiple generations. We bring those stewardship and personal service best-practices to our clients today. 

Cliff Demarest

Managing Principal

 Cliff founded Consilium Wealth Advisory to deliver objective, experienced advice to a select few clients who desire concierge wealth advisory management.  He is experienced in asset and manager selection, portfolio management, stock management, financial planning, trust & estate design, credit and banking, and family wealth stewardship.

Cliff also developed Embark, a career and success guide for young people in collaboration with Stanford University’s Design Your Life program.


  • Past head of Family Wealth Advisory - Northern Trust

  • Past Chief Investment Officer - Northern Trust

  • Past Institutional Investment Manager - Provident Investment Counsel

  • Certified Personal Wealth Advisor® (CPWA)

Non-Profit Work

  • Founding Board Member - Foundation Outreach International

  • Past Board Member - Dallas Opera and Dallas Children’s Theatre


  • MBA - University of Southern California

Enjoys family travel, biking, volleyball, and non-profit work.

Nick Blankl

Managing Director

Wealth advisor for families and foundations. Based in Portland, Oregon.

Nick advises business owners on preparing for sale and financial security, and has taught classes on Finance at Portland State University.


  • Past Chief Investment Officer - Compendium Capital Management

  • Past Portfolio Manager - Roxbury Capital

  • Past Portfolio Manager - Provident Investment Counsel

  • Chartered Financial Analyst - CFA

Non-Profit Work

  • Board Member - International Leadership Academy


  • MBA - University of Southern California

Nick enjoys travel, reading, skiing, mountain biking, golfing and following his college and professional sports teams.

George Townsend

Managing Director

Wealth advisor for families and foundations.

George brings many years of experience to his role as Managing Director for Consilium. In his most recent roles as a Senior Portfolio Manager and as a Portfolio Manager Team Leader he provided transparent, objective investment advice that delivered exceptional investment performance for his clients.

George also helped design Consilium’s Capitalize stewardship program that develops a family’s financial, human, and intellectual capital for multiple generations.


  • Past portfolio manager at Northern Trust & US Trust

  • Accounting for non-profit organizations

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)


  • MBA - University of Southern California

Enjoys basketball, fishing, comedy, and non-profit work.

Susan Demarest, MS, RD

Client Service & Administration

Susan has extensive experience in family office client service.  She worked directly for one of the founding families of Los Angeles, CA in their family office, with an emphasis on community service and philanthropy. She worked with leadership executives of Neuberger Berman, a New York investment management firm, and served administratively at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm. Finally, as a Registered Dietician she worked at clinically for various hospitals in the Los Angeles area.  


  • BA - Ambassador College, Liberal Arts
  • MS - California State University, Nutritional Science
  • RD - Registered Dietician


  • YMSL - Plano Young Men's Service League
  • Foundation Outreach International Embark Mentor
  • Former Committee Member, Dallas Children's Theatre

Susan enjoys international travel, volleyball, cooking, and her family.