Amy O’Brien

Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment

B.S., Biology, Boston College
M.S., Environmental Management and Policy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Employee and participant since 2005
New York, NY
A self-described ‘math and science kid’, Amy was studying biology as an undergraduate when the 1992 Earth Summit sparked her passion about the environment. She became interested in the role that the private sector can play in sustainability. Today, she has married her math aptitude with her commitment to the environment to manage socially responsible investing.

What part does innovation play in your current role?

Innovation is central to my team’s mandate. Responsible Investment is an evolving discipline that promotes financial and nonfinancial value. There is no standard 'roadmap' when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. TIAA actively supports innovation in this area, and we are constantly examining ways to add value to our clients’ experiences.

What do you enjoy most about working at TIAA?

The fact that we are addressing responsible investing at so many levels, firm-wide, across asset classes, and within specific products — coupled with the fact that our work is connected to so many other company areas — means that every day we have different opportunities to deliver solutions and overcome challenges.

What's one thing your colleagues might be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up on a family farm — an apple orchard and cider mill — in a small town in northern Connecticut.
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