Our Board of Directors

Chloe McKenzie
Founder, President, and CEO

After graduating from Amherst College, Chloe worked as a mortgage trader at J.P. Morgan. She found Wall Street intellectually stimulating, but felt as though she was not helping those truly disadvantaged. When she became a Financial Counselor for homeless families and completed an education fellowship where she pursued work related to strengthening teaching practice and curriculum innovation, she felt compelled to start an organization with a mission of teaching wealth and financial curriculum to women and girls of color.  

Chloe is Series certified General Securities Representative and Investment Adviser and has her graduate certificate in Financial Planning. She is currently completing her Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and has completed graduate coursework in general and special education. 

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Brian Grimes, CFP, CLU
Financial Educator | Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brian Grimes comes to us from Philadelphia. He grew up excelling in the classroom and on the basketball court. So, when he deftly balanced his economics coursework at Columbia University with his role on the basketball team, let's just say no one was surprised. Brian is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Life Underwriter. Before joining the board of BlackFem, Brian worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange, AXA Advisors and Bridgewater Advisors Inc. He has spent his professional career providing an array of full financial planning services to both the masses and the classes. He loves helping his clients map out their financial futures, and enjoys working as part of a team where each person's specialty complements the firm as a whole.

Brian decided to join the board of BlackFem so that he would have the opportunity to  help empower those who need his services the most by equipping them with the financial knowledge that they need to be successful.

George Tepe, JD
Secretary, Board of Directors

George joined BlackFem to work to empower the socially marginalized and to breakdown economic barriers for women of color. George holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where he served as a multi-year board member of the Black Law Students Association. George brings his past experience running non-profits, having served as the president of three 501(c)(3) nonprofits. George has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for both the Columbia Public Interest Law Foundation and Cranbrook Schools. George graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in economics and has worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. George is an incoming corporate associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Katherine Lynch
Member, board of directors

Katherine has her Master's degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and works as the Manager of U.S. Cities for Kiva U.S. She is excited to lead efforts in integrating BlackFem's programs in more schools on the East Coast, acquire more corporate sponsors, and build more opportunities for families to benefit from our mission.