Amy Muska O’Brien is managing director and Head of Responsible Investment at TIAA Investments - Nuveen. She oversees the organization’s approach to Responsible Investment through ESG integration, active ownership & engagement, market development and transparency & disclosure. Amy drives the implementation of best practices in ESG integration through partnership with Nuveen’s affiliate investment teams and ensures that all ESG-focused and impact investment capabilities and products align with Nuveen’s market-leading standards.
Ms. O’Brien has worked on a wide range of ESG and impact investing initiatives across TIAA, the parent company of Nuveen, since 2005. She has 21 years of professional experience in the responsible investment field. Prior to joining TIAA in 2005, Ms. O’Brien served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Pension Boards - United Church of Christ, where she developed and implemented socially responsible investment strategies including social screening policies, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder activism for the denomination’s pension fund and foundation. Previously, she was Research Manager at the Council on Economic Priorities, the non-profit research firm that pioneered the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility ratings for investors and consumers. Ms. O’Brien served as CEP’s representative to the inaugural Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative, an international initiative charged with developing a standardized reporting format for corporate sustainability indicators.
Ms. O’Brien earned a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From 2006-2011 she served on the Board of Directors of the USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. In 2008, Ms. O’Brien joined the board of directors of The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility. In 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. Ms. O’Brien became a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York in 2012 and in 2014 she was named to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative’s Reporting and Assessment Steering Committee.