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Rodney Jones-Tyson
Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director

A team member for more than 22 years, Rodney Jones-Tyson is the first gay person as well as the first African American to serve on Baird’s executive committee. He has played an integral role in our inclusion and diversity initiatives since 2005. Rodney acknowledges that while inclusion and diversity are prominently supported at Baird, last summer’s murder of George Floyd and the ensuing demonstrations have introduced a whole new world and fostered a significant change in our dialogue.

“We are having more intentional conversations at the executive level about what it means to be a Black American, what it means to be privileged, what a commitment to increase the recruitment and retention of minorities to our firm requires, what support we want to provide to communities of color in our key markets, and, maybe most important, what it takes to really have an inclusive environment for all.”

At the helm of the firm’s COVID-19 response, Rodney led the team that orchestrated a four-day worldwide transition of 4,400 employees from the firm’s more than 200 offices to their homes.

“Leaders must know how to coach, mentor, and develop their team, remotely and in person.”

A proud and distinguished graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Rodney was recently featured in its alumni publication, Chicago Booth Magazine. Read “A Year Like No Other,” in which he shares his perspectives on innovation, career growth and giving back.

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