Born in the former Soviet Union and raised in South Carolina, I earned my B.A. in Economics with concentrations in Financial Economics and Business Policy at Emory University. At Emory, I served as a research assistant with finance faculty at Goizueta Business School and immersed myself in the broader Atlanta community through the MEOR program. Upon graduation, I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I worked in real estate financial advisory before transferring to Bank of America to get a broader perspective on the markets. At Bank of America, I worked in various roles involving the hedging of interest rate and FX risk, initially serving the bank’s global client base and later analyzing the risk on the bank’s long-term debt and foreign capital.
In my early years at Bank of America, I built a reputation for enabling process improvement so as to provide clients with timely and custom solutions for their risk management needs. I was fortunate to collaborate with coworkers who shared a team-player mindset and a desire to drive strategic change in the bank’s derivative trade processing, leading to being tapped to work on the project management team in my third year. In my last full-time role, within Bank of America’s CFO group, I built a foundation in corporate finance from the bank’s perspective. These roles helped me develop my passion for markets and influenced me to run an investment club in Charlotte supporting education in the subject. I chose to pursue an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler to take a deep dive in leadership and to broaden my understanding of business within a community of dynamic students and distinguished faculty.
Over the course of my life, I have been exposed to many opportunities due to the hard work and generosity of others, and I am passionate about the importance of gratitude and giving back. In serving my community, I hold leadership roles inside and outside of UNC, such as the Adam Smith Society, Jewish Business Association, Dean’s Fellows program and the NC Triangle Chapter of Emory Alumni. As a Kenan Scholar, I am working with Dr. Greg Brown on a project to gain insights on the volatility strategies employed by hedge funds. In my free time, I enjoy road tripping, hiking, live music and mystery films. Last but not least, I am a big basketball fan – Go Heels!