Aspen Institute Mobilizes Finance Leaders at Decisive Moment for Global Finance Industry

July 19, 2021

The 2021 Class of Finance Leaders Fellows will begin a two-year journey to transform their leadership and build toward a more equitable global finance industry

Contact: Kara Gustafson
Executive Director
Finance Leaders Fellowship

Washington, DC, July 19, 2021 –– The Aspen Institute today named its 2021 Class of Finance Leaders Fellows. The Finance Leaders Fellowship develops high-integrity leaders into an action-oriented community prepared to use their leadership platforms and expertise to redefine the practices and priorities in the global finance industry.

“We welcome the 2021 Class of Fellows at a watershed moment for economies across the world,” said Kara Gustafson, Executive Director of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. “The pandemic has catalyzed a decisive shift in the way businesses consider the stakeholders they serve, the communities they impact, and the workforces they aspire to engage. This class of Fellows has the belief, talent, and resilience needed to positively reshape the future of the finance industry at an inflection point that demands values-driven leadership.”

Representing a diverse range of global perspectives and sectors within the finance ecosystem, the 23 leaders of the 2021 Class are commiting to a two-year fellowship that will challenge them to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as finance leaders and to cultivate a deeper understanding of values-driven leadership in practice.

From accelerated ESG initiatives and emerging digital currencies, to post-pandemic economic relief and racial equity and justice, the Fellows pledge to turn their reflection into action by launching a leadership impact Venture to bring market-based solutions to critical societal challenges.  The Fellowship was co-founded in 2016 by Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Ranji Nagaswami, and Aspen Institute Trustee, Chris Varelas.

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The Finance Leaders Fellows for 2021 are: 

Jay Alabraba, Co-Founder and Director of Business Development, Paga

Ailish Campbell, Ambassador of Canada to the European Union, Government of Canada

Kristina Campbell, Chief Financial Officer, Ripple

Brandon Comer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Comer Capital Group LLC

Philip Drury, Global Head of Technology and Communications Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citigroup Inc.

Kathryn Finney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Genius Guild

Gizelle George-Joseph, Chief Operating Officer, Global Investment Research, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Tudor Investment Corporation

Lydie Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability, Research and Investment Solutions, Credit Suisse Group AG

Almar Latour, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Jones and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal

Linda-Eling Lee, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Research, MSCI Inc.

Ann Li, Managing Director and Head of Strategy and Business Development, Chief Data Officer, Chase International Consumer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mike Lyons, EVP and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking and Asset Management, PNC Financial Services Group

Zac Maufe, Head of Retail Banking, Google LLC

Daniel McCollum, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., LLC

Stacie Olivares, Trustee, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

Alexander Paul, Global Co-Head of Financial Institutions Group, HSBC Bank plc

Verdun Perry, Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners, Blackstone

Harold  Pettigrew, Chief Executive Officer, Washington Area Community Investment Fund

Deena Shakir, Partner, Lux Capital

Laela Sturdy, General Partner, CapitalG

Nick Talwar, President and Chief Executive Officer, CircleUp

Heath Tarbert, Chief Legal Officer, Citadel LLC




The Finance Leaders Fellowship is developing a community of high-integrity leaders in the global finance industry, now with 105 Fellows across 20 countries. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, and building upon the Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership, the program encourages selected Finance Fellows to consider values and perspectives necessary for effective leadership in finance and in society at-large.  The Fellowship was founded in 2016 by Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Ranji Nagaswami, and Aspen Institute Trustee, Chris Varelas, coming out of the 2008 financial crisis and the critical need to rebuild trust between the industry and society.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network’s is a community of nearly 3,400 Fellows fostering dialogue and action across the globe. AGLN Fellows, a diverse group of high integrity, entrepreneurial leaders, are selected at an inflection point in their lives. For many, the Fellowship process provides an opportunity for personal reflection and transformation that can lead to real-world action in addressing the most pressing challenges facing society, and humanity.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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