About Us

Organization Background

Greenwood Project introduces Black and Latinx students to careers within the financial industry via paid summer internships, educational field trips and our summer financial institute for high school students. In many cases, our programming gives young people strong motivation to succeed in their remaining high school tenure and also a compelling reason to attend college.

The Greenwood Impact

As a result of our exposure initiatives, recent college graduates have received employment offers from top financial companies. Other students have changed their college majors as they are now interested in financial services opportunities.

Best in Field

The Greenwood Project model works! As a result of our programs, our college grads continue to receive employment offers after completion of their internship.

Internships

Greenwood students have gained real-world experience, networking connections, and unmatched exposure to the financial industry.

One Mission

Our ultimate goal is to build a true diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the financial services industry.

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Meet Our Board
Bevon & Elois Joseph

Greenwood Project Founders

Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Bevon moved to the United States after high school to further his education. He is a graduate of DePaul University. Bevon’s career has been exclusively in the trading industry. He's worked at firms such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Chicago Trading Company, PEAK6 Investments, and Achievement Asset Management. Bevon also worked on the trading floors of the NYSE, NYMEX, and AMEX.

Elois Joseph: Prior to co-founding Greenwood, she worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe). As a financial professional, she attained many licenses and worked in the compliance examination division for an industry regulator. Elois grew up on the west side of Chicago, earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She is proud to be the first in her family to create generational wealth and to have the opportunity to teach this process to others through the Greenwood Project.

Michael Piper

Managing Director at Piper Sandler

Mike is currently a Managing Director at Piper Sandler, focusing primarily on fixed income securities and capital raising. In2017, he joined the board of the Greenwood Project and served as board chair from 2019 -2020. His passion for helping students often takes him back to his alma mater Tulane University, where he helps students understand all the different job opportunities on Wall Street.

Victor Jones

Greenwood Secretary | CEO at dough

Victor is the CEO of Dough, the investing app with unlimited commission-free stock trading, zero account minimums, and iOS and Android apps filled with smart ideas. Jones’s mission is to inspire the world to embrace an understanding of risk, take control of their money, and make more of it. The former director of Trading and Operations at TD Ameritrade, lifelong innovator, and inspiring financial storyteller has spent his entire finance career in service of retail investors. In his previous role, Victor spearheaded trading innovation initiatives in both the United States and Asia.

Mark Sebastian

Greenwood Treasurer | CIO of Karman Line Capital and founder of Option Pit

Mark is the Chief Investment Officer at Karman Line Capital and Founder of Option Pit. He is a former member of both the ChicagoBoard Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. Mark is the resident VIX expert for Mad Money with Jim Cramer. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and First Business News.

Matthew Rowe

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Headwaters Solutions LP

Matt brings 20 years of experience managing global portfolios, teams, and risk in multiple strategies and asset classes. Matt earned his BA from Wittenberg. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York City Outward Bound Schools and is an active supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Kwesi Smith

Greenwood Board Chair | Global Senior Research Analyst at William Blair

Kwesi is Senior Research Analyst at William Blair focused on evaluating consumer investments. He is passionate about giving back to the community and proud to serve as the current Board Chair of the Greenwood Project. He is also on the board of 3Arts and Breakthrough.

Mike Rothkopf

Partner at PEAK6 Investments

Mike is a partner at PEAK6 Investments. Previously, he held the titles of Chief Investment Officer (PEAK6 Performance Funds) and chief Risk Officer (PEAK 6 Capital Management). Mike holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Finance (1990).

Angela A. Jones

Client Service Initiatives Manager Executive Director at UBS

Angela Jones is a Client Service Initiatives Manager within Institutional Client Service (Deputy to the Head of Institutional Client Service for the Americas region).

Angela is also the Head of Client Onboarding for the Americas region which includes Latin America and Canada. Prior to joining UBS in 1998, Angela was a Client Service Team leader at ABN/AMRO within the Asset Management Group.

David Merjan

Founder | Epona Rising

Sizwe Kamara

Regional Sales Director for Morgan Stanley Investment Management Solutions

Sizwe has 17 years of investment experience and has held multiple positions covering both institutional and retail clients covering MSIM and Van Kampen proprietary separately managed accounts, long-only funds, and alternatives. Sizwe previously worked for IndexIQ covering wirehouse and RIA clients. Sizwe received a B.S. in finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Designation.

Meet Our Team
Charles Turner

Program Coordinator

Diane Rodriguez Rand

Director of Partnerships

Andrea Wiliams

Administrative Specialist

2017
120 Students and 8 Firms
2018
225 Students and 24 Firms
2019
300 Students and 35 Firms