Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the SFA DEI Committee is to advise the board on the development and advancement of  standards which foster meaningful opportunities for underrepresented diverse professionals across all facets of the structured finance industry, and also facilitate the convening and support of diverse professionals, the sharing of organizational best practices,  and the advocacy of policies that enhance representation, impact and exposure of diverse professionals in leadership roles within the industry.

Hear from Kevin Chavers of Blackrock and Val Kay of Lending Club, the SFA Executive Committee Sponsors of SFA’s DEI initiative

We (Kevin and Val) enthusiastically welcomed the chance to work together and launch the SFA DEI Initiative . We are both passionate advocates for promoting diversity and belonging in our industry and feel a duty to act, to not only enhance the experience of underrepresented minorities in our industry, but also, to strengthen our organizations. Moreover, we are excited and honored to work together on this vital issue and leverage our long, close and respectful friendship. We are also thrilled that SFA will serve as the fulcrum for our the industry to come together to make meaningful changes, establish aspirational goals and metrics to measure and engage a vibrant, energetic and welcoming community of diverse professionals. So come join us with this important initiative. Add your leadership help effect meaningful change. We NEED YOU!

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All our best,

Kevin Chavers
BlackRock
Managing Director
SFA Executive Committee

Val Kay
LendingClub
Chief Capital Officer
SFA Executive Committee

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Join the SFA DEI Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will work closely with SFA leadership and will serve an active role in shaping the goals, objectives, and priorities of SFA’s DEI initiative. Key focus areas will include aggregating best practices, conceptualizing engagement opportunities, and ultimately designing our industry’s “network of networks.”

Email [email protected] to learn more.

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Join SFA’s DEI Membership

SFA’s DEI membership is open to all industry participants, regardless of SFA membership status, and is complimentary to join. By signing up, you will be notified of the latest news, developments, and networking opportunities in conjunction with the initiative.

Email [email protected] to learn more.

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Guiding Principles

  • Foster a deep appreciation among participants in the structured finance industry around the value of tangible, visible, and demonstrable diversity at our firms – at all levels, and particularly at the senior levels – and promote understanding of how such diversity increases the industry’s ability to serve the real economy.
  • Enhance access and long-term success in the structured finance industry for people of color, women, and LGBTQ+.
  • Establish and hold ourselves as an organization accountable for real change, including instituting key performance metrics and sharing these results broadly.
  • Create a community where industry participants share best practices, ideas, and challenges so that we can all learn from one another and make progress together.
  • Conduct regular research analyzing our industry’s impact on communities of color, and work to ensure that progress is made to close the inequality gap in credit access to these communities across the country.
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DEI Support

SFA’s DEI initiative is a collaborative effort between SFA’s Board of Directors, membership, executive leadership, and the broader industry. Associated programming is funded through annual SFA membership dues, and the DEI Steering Committee works with SFA to create and curate educational content and networking opportunities.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email [email protected].

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee works closely with SFA leadership and serves an active role in shaping the goals, objectives, and priorities of SFA’s DEI initiative. Key focus areas will include aggregating best practices, conceptualizing engagement opportunities, and ultimately designing our industry’s “network of networks.”

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SFA DEI Steering Committee Co-Chair

Kevin Chavers

BlackRock

Valaire

SFA DEI Steering Committee Co-Chair

Val Kay

Lending Club

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Ashlea Bonds

Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc

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Mark Michael

Bank of America

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Aisha Greene

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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Lisa Hernandez

Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Alberta Knowles

Ernst & Young LLP

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Mike Brown

J.P. Morgan

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Chris Abate

Redwood Trust

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Chrissi Johnson

Rock Central | Quicken Loans

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Greg Weston

Winston & Strawn LLP

Not Pictured: Adama Kah, Kah Capital; Yared Yawand-Wossen, Morgan Stanley

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Covell Adams

Chief Operating Officer

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