Ms. Shank has served as Vice Chair, President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C. since its inception in October 1996. She is a founder of the firm, co-owner and member of the Board of Directors.
Siebert Brandford Shank is the top-ranked minority- and women-owned municipal bond underwriting firm in the country and is the only minority-owned firm nationally ranked in the top 10 among all such firms in the country. With 21 offices nationally, the firm has managed deals for state and local governments across the country totaling over $800 billion.
A 25-year veteran of the industry, Ms. Shank has led financings for large-scale infrastructure projects for a variety of issuers across the country. Ms. Shank has structured a variety of types of transactions including transportation projects, redevelopment projects, water and sewer projects, convention centers, sport facilities, schools and correctional facilities.
Ms. Shank has received numerous awards and honors throughout her years in the public finance industry, including being voted one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management for 2010” by WealthManagerWeb.com and by US Banker magazine as one of the “Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance” October 2009 and 2010. Ms. Shank was also recognized by Essence magazine in its “2008 Power List;” by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.” Ms. Shank was also selected by the Wharton School of Business from among 100,000 graduates as one of its “125 Influential People and Ideas” and was named the National Entrepreneur of the Year by the Madame CJ Walker Center. She has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV promoting the strength of the municipal bond market, and was featured in “The Boss” column in the New York Times in April 2011.
Ms. Shank has been a municipal industry advocate, having formerly served as a board member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). She is currently serving on the Municipal Executive Steering Committee for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). She is active in numerous industry and civic organizations and serves on several boards, including the Spelman College Board of Trustees, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board to the President, the New York Citizens Budget Commission, the New Economy Initiative, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, among others.
Prior to her public finance career, Ms. Shank was an engineer with General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, where she worked as a Design Engineer on various design projects.
Ms. Shank is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.