Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Hub

SFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative provides a platform to engage, share, and learn from one another to help advance DEI initiatives, goals, and metrics.

The Mission of the SFA DEI Committee

The mission of the SFA DEI Committee is to advise the board on the development and advancement of standards that foster meaningful opportunities for underrepresented diverse professionals across all facets of the structured finance industry, as well as 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.

Build Community

Build Community

Create a community where industry participants share best practices, ideas & challenges so that we can learn make progress together.

Promote Change

Promote Change

Support practices that prioritize actionable results and accountability for sustainable workplace cultures of inclusion and belonging

Enhance Access Retention

Enhance Access &

Broaden recruitment channels and champion long-term success in the structured finance industry for people of color, women, and LGBTQ+

Educate Foster Awareness

Educate &
Foster Awareness

Promote the value of tangible, visible & demonstrable diversity and strive to educate on how such diversity increases the industry’s ability to serve the real economy.

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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.

Get Involved

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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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].

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

Mike Brown

J.P. Morgan

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SFA DEI Steering Committee Co-Chair

Aisha Greene

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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Ashlea Bonds

Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc

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Chris Valentine

Celeres Capital

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Alberta Knowles

Ernst & Young LLP

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Cara Newman

Hometap Equity Partners, LLP

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Rudene Haynes

Hunton, Andrews, & Kurth LLP

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Adama Kah

Kah Capital Management, LLC

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Yared Yawand-Wossen

Morgan Stanley

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Doneen K. Damon

Richard, Layton & Finger

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Latrice Powell

The Williams Group DC

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Greg Weston

Winston & Strawn LLP


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Michael Bright


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Covell Adams

Chief Operating Officer

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