America’s Largest Investment Managers Of Color Call For Action

America’s Largest Investment Managers Of Color Call For Action

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2020 – The Diverse Alternative Investment Industry today issued the following call to action in support of building a system to ensure African American and LatinX businesses gain greater access to institutional capital to create stronger, more vibrant diverse communities:

“This is a time of grief and anger for Americans of all races and backgrounds. Now we must turn our anger and pain into action. While the pain we are feeling is still quite raw, each of us is actively engaged in conversations internally with our teams, as well as externally with our investors and the companies in which we invest. We believe that social justice and economic justice must go hand-in-hand, and the only way we can achieve economic justice is by creating permanent, structural, and perennial investments into communities that have been neglected for far too long.

Philanthropic dollars from firms and corporations are necessary but not sufficient. We need to build entirely new investment pathways to ensure that African American and LatinX-led companies have greater access to institutional capital. This will level the playing field and create a permanent foundation to help our communities achieve the health and wealth that other communities take for granted. As a group, and as individuals, we have long invested our time and money to help our communities. Now our work continues with even greater urgency.”

Robert F. Smith

José E. Feliciano

Frank Baker

Robert L. Greene

A.J. Patton

Tracy V. Maitland

Damani Barham

Maria Jelescu Dreyfus

Mellody Hobson

John W. Rogers

James H. Simmons III

Howard Sanders

Ivelisse R. Simon

Marcus Bodet

Carlos Betancourt

Kevin Kang

Jihan Bowes-Little

Marc F. McMorris

Christopher Melvin, Jr.

Lorn Davis

Oscar Decotelli

Eric L. Holoman

Omar Simmons

Kola Olofinboba

Derek K. Jones

Ronald E. Blaylock

DC Moore

Craig Fowler

Jarrid Tingle

William Heard

Troy Dixon

Ajai Thomas

Willie E. Woods

Colin Meadows

James Tieng

Avinash Amin

Adrian Mendoza

Michael Duran

O’Kelly E. McWilliams, III

André Rice

M Guen

Ted Yun

Melvin Lindsey

Simeon Iheagwam

J. Dennis Jean-Jacques

Tony W. Lee

Marcos A. Rodriguez

Martin Hunt

Ravi Sarin

Afsaneh M. Beschloss

Caroline Lovelace

Vincent Williams

Ray Whiteman

Ojas Vahia

Al Foreman

Joseph J. Haslip

Erik S. Miller

Jay Ferguson

Jose Minski

About the Diverse Alternative Investment Industry:

Comprised of some of the top-performing investment management firms in financial services, leading members of the Diverse Alternative Investment Industry have come together in support of a plan of action that will result in thriving businesses and communities of color free of the structural impediments that have existed for generations.

Media Contact:
Alan Hughes