Throughout her highly successful career in financial services, Vicki has served in several leadership positions, including, as a corporate board member for KeySpan Energy, Fidelity Investments and The Williams Companies, Chief Investment Officer of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF or the Fund), senior management positions for AllianceBernstein, and earlier roles at Standard and Poor’s and Morgan Stanley. As a driver of high impact strategic initiatives, she has been a major force in growing and improving organizations by creating institutional investment processes and innovative investment strategies, building team capabilities and mentoring individuals for improved performance and morale.
In her current role as a board member for Fidelity Investments, Vicki shares trustee responsibility for over $1.7 trillion of equity and high income assets under management. As a board member for The Williams Companies, Inc., Vicki also serves on the firm’s audit and nominating/governance committees. Vicki was recently elected to Roosevelt University’s Board of Trustees.
In her previous role as Chief Investment Officer at CRF, the third largest public pension fund in the U.S. with approximately $200 billion in assets, Vicki drove performance for the past six fiscal years at an average rate of 8.9%, a nearly 2% premium to the Fund’s 7% required rate of return.
Prior to CRF, Vicki had a 27-year career at AllianceBernstein, serving in her final position as Managing Director.
Vicki has been named one of the most powerful African Americans on Wall Street and most powerful black women in business by Black Enterprise magazine and Savoy Magazine. She also received the Financial Women’s Association’s Woman of the Year award, the National Association of Securities Professionals’ Travers Bell Award, the NAACP Dr. James E. Allen Award, the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award from Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Urban Technology Center’s Corporate Leadership Award. She has been named to Chief Investment Officer Magazine’s Power 100 List and the Ebony Power 100. She is also part of the Harvard Business School Case Collection.
Vicki received her MBA from the University of Chicago and her BSBA from Roosevelt University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vicki plans to publish her memoir and create a foundation in 2019. She has been a member of Women for the Apollo, the board of the Apollo Theatre, Odyssey House, and Mercy Center. Vicki is an avid cross country horseback rider.