Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America Announces 2022 Rising Stars

By Nicsa posted 09-15-2022 01:11 PM


Boston, MA – September 15, 2022 – Nicsa is pleased to announce the 2022 awardees of its Rising Star Program, a mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry. Watch video.

Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America recognizes the importance of supporting emerging leaders with a program that not only provides recognition and exposure for diverse employees, but develops and hones the skills critical for retention and advancement of valued talent within the industry.

The 2022 Rising Stars were nominated by member firms of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America and will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition at Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium on October 6, 2022
  • Leadership training via Nicsa’s Accelerator Professional Development Program
  • Networking opportunities with senior leaders from Nicsa member firms

The 2022 Rising Stars (representing their Diversity Project member firms) are:

American Century Investments | David Livingston, Director of Compliance

Amundi US, Inc. | Jessica Southam, Executive Assistant

Aon | Lauren Durfey, Investment Consultant

Aviva Investors | Sau Mui, High Yield Portfolio Manager

Bank of America | Jason Park, Vice President

Bank of New York Mellon | Megan Pruss, Lead Analyst, Corporate Actions

BlackRock | Jennifer Asare, Associate

Broadridge | Alfonzo Willoughby, Manager, ICS Risk and Compliance

Calamos Investments | Ayesha Khalid, Marketing Associate

Capital Group | Tiffany Howard, Senior Manager Intern

CFA Institute | Jay Patel, Senior Manager, Professional Learning Business Operations

Columbia Threadneedle | Tim Reitzenstein, Institutional Sales Analyst

Confluence | Katie Abbott, Senior HR Business Partner

Dimensional Fund Advisors | Ashley Guzman, Senior Associate, Corporate Marketing

EY | Divya Tewari, Manager

Fidelity Investments | Stacie Ware, Quantitative Analyst

FS Investments | Kara O'Halloran, Director of Research

Hartford Funds | Young Kim, Compliance Consultant

HSBC Asset Management (USA) | Joseph Tomic, Portfolio Analyst

J.P. Morgan Asset Management | Michael Mannarino, Vice President, Assistant Treasurer

Janus Henderson Investors | Preena Popat, IT Security Engineer

John Hancock Investment Management | Ahmed Zegnine, Fund Reporting Supervisor

MFS Investment Management | Eli Gramajo, Equity Research Associate

Nationwide | Cristian Ensley, Sr. Analyst, Business Development – Investment Management

Northern Trust | Megan Lynch, Manager, 2nd Vice President

Payden & Rygel | Stephanie Walker, Senior Vice President

Polen Capital | Alexandra Choinski, Relationship Manager

Putnam Investments | Ashley Montanez-Pineiro, Manager Financial Projects

Russell Investments | Alyssa Skrivan, Senior Manager, Investment Operations

Schroders | David Chuang, Fund Operations Manager

SLC Management | Rawan El-Khatib, Senior Director, Derivatives & Quantitative Strategy

SS&C Technologies | Whitney Smith, Product Manager

State Street | Jose Brandao, Vice President - Business Risk Management

Thornburg Investment Management | Natasha Rippel, Director, Fund Operations


The annual Rising Star Program offers Diversity Project North America member firms a high-profile and meaningful way to celebrate and cultivate the next generation of diverse leaders. Questions about the Program, the Fearless Leadership Symposium, or how to join the Diversity Project North America can be sent to


About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices.  For over fifty years, Nicsa has promoted an open and collaborative environment, where members’ and partners’ deep expertise and unique perspectives have come together to help strategically implement and support the industry’s most vital issues. Click here for more information about membership.


Nicsa aims to help firms operating in all segments of the global asset management industry meet the changing needs of their clients by aligning and educating industry participants through formal education programs, interactive forums, networking opportunities, and initiatives such as the Diversity Project North America.


About Diversity Project North America

The Diversity Project North America promotes a diverse and inclusive asset management industry with the right talent to deliver the best possible results for our clients, reflect the society we serve, and ensure long-term business sustainability. We aim to achieve diversity across all dimensions through collaborative leadership from executive business leaders pooling resources from industry participants around challenges we all face.

The Project spans the entire range of the profession: asset managers, fund complexes, asset servicers, broker dealers, asset owners and professional service firms that support the industry. We seek to share best practices, identify gaps in our industry and initiate action to help solve or improve those inadequacies.

We strive to deepen the understanding and perception of what the asset management industry entails and the varied roles within it, to encourage a broader range of new candidates.