Ms. Shank has served as CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C. since its inception in October 1996. She is a founder and majority-owner of the firm, and is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. A twenty-five year veteran of the industry, Ms. Shank has led the financings for large scale projects for a variety of issuers, including the cities of New York, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, among others; Wayne County, Michigan, Cook County, Illinois, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; and the states of New York, Ohio, and Connecticut.
Ms. Shank has won numerous awards and honors throughout her years in the public finance industry. Most recently she was inducted into the “Academy of Engineering Alumni” by Georgia Tech, named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Association of Securities Professionals, and included in NBC’s “Grio 100 List”, which honors African American leaders nationally. Ms. Shank has been recognized by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Finance” and 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”. She is a recipient of the “She’s Our Hero Award” by Women in Public Finance. She has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV promoting the strength of the municipal bond market.
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).
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. Ms. Shank holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 52, 53, 63 and 79.