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Comptroller appoints Taffi Ayaodele director of diversity, equity and inclusion and emerging manager strategy at Bureau of Asset Management

Ayodele worked at esteemed Blaylock Van LLC, Harpia Holdings, is co-founder of Thando Holdings

October 31, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The city comptroller announced Monday the nomination of Taffi Ayodele, a finance veteran with years of experience, to the position Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Emerging Manager Strategy for the Bureau of Asset Management.

The bureau is responsible for the oversight of the city’s retirement systems and the five pension systems. The portfolio amounts to over $240 billion dollars, and is largely invested in publicly traded securities, as well as private equity, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds and opportunistic fixed income investments.

Ayodele is a “seasoned executive” with various experience in finance, technology and real estate, according to the comptroller’s office. She began her career at Blaylock Van (BRV), the longest continually operated African American investment banking and financial services company.

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Prior to joining the comptroller’s office, she served as a principal with Harpia Asset Management, an MBE certified, New York-based real estate investment and development company that emphasizes socially responsible investing and sustainable development.

“New York City is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities in the world. The public sector beneficiaries of our $250 billion pension system reflect this diversity and so should the asset managers who are hired to invest on their behalf,” Ayodele said.

“I am thrilled to have joined the Comptroller’s office at this critical moment and look forward to the work ahead to ensure the vast universe of both high performing diverse owned asset management firms and smaller emerging firms are given an opportunity to work with the NYC
retirement systems.”

Ayodele is also the co-founder of Thando Holdings, a fashion and technology company based in New York and Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Trustee Emeritus of New York University, where she is also an alumnus, having earned her Bachelor’s in economics and MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The announcement of Ayodele as director comes as the Bureau of Asset Management hosts its 2022 Annual Diverse and Emerging Managers Conference on Tuesday.

“Diversity is a proven strength in business, driving value creation and economic growth. It is also critical for securing a just, thriving and equitable economy,” said New York City Comptroller Brad Lander.

“With both those goals in mind, we are committed to expanding our work with MWBE and emerging investment managers. The hiring of Taffi Ayodele and this week’s conference are important steps forward toward that goal.”

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