Chair: Evelyn Yeow, CFA
Vice Chair: Thomas Brigandi
Vice Chair: Ira Kaplan, CFA
Immediate Past Chair: Paulina Rogawski
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Paulina Rogawski has over 30 years of experience in the investment management business focusing on high-net-worth individuals, nonprofits and foundation market taking a long-term approach to financial strategies and investing. She handled pension plans for Fortune 1000 companies, senior executives and board members of many foundations and endowments, including launching socially responsive investment products. Her areas of expertise includes hedge funds, private equity, retirement planning and financial planning.
Evelyn Yeow, CFA, is a lead investment analyst at John Hsu Capital Group, an institutional asset management firm where she works directly with the Chief Investment Officer on Asian equity investing for the firm?s Global, International, and Dedicated China strategies. Prior to her current position, she was a junior analyst with the firm where she was responsible for research, fund accounting, and portfolio analytics. She serves as the vice chair of the Career Development Committee as well as an active volunteer for the Global Investing Committee at CFANY. She earned a BA in Mathematics from Baruch College, CUNY. She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society New York.
Thomas Brigandi is an associate analyst in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody”s, where he covers public power, power generation projects, toll-roads, airports, ports, project financings and public-private partnerships, across the Americas. Brigandi also serves on Moody”s public pension task force. In the past, Brigandi worked at the US$150 billion NYC Pension Fund, where he focused on energy and natural resources and reported directly to the chief investment officer. Brigandi, the CFA Society New York (CFANY) 2016 Benjamin Graham Distinguished Service Award recipient, 2015 Volunteer of the Year and 2013 Young Investment Professional Award recipient, has organized over 40 CFANY conferences that were attended by +7,500 investment professionals, in addition to over 300 speakers who collectively and directly oversee +$12 trillion (~1/8 of total institutional AUM globally). While serving as the Director of Global Volunteers of the American Foundation for African Children”s Education, Brigandi was the lead organizer of the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony on September 23, 2011, hosted for the President of Sierra Leone. Brigandi has cultivated personal relationships with thousands of asset owner, buy-side & sell-side investment professionals globally and maintains over 7,500 connections on LinkedIn.
Ira Kaplan, CFA, has 15 years of institutional portfolio management experience. Currently Director of Investments at Prosperity Life He was previously with Swiss Re as head of US Admin Re® Portfolio Management and with MetLife’s Investment Department where he was responsible for managing assets within an ALM framework and driving the incremental income of the insurance company’s general account with AUM totaling of up to $75+ billion. Mr. Kaplan has managed assets supporting both retail and reinsured liabilities within diversified, primarily fixed income, portfolios. He was a member of Aurora National Life Assurance Company’s Board of Directors as well as the Swiss Re’s Admin Re® management team. Mr. Kaplan is a CFA® Charterholder and earned a MBA in finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in Statistics & Biometry from Cornell University.