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.

 

Tomeka Brown, MBA, CFP®, CFEI
Member, board of directors

Tomeka’s passion for teaching financial literacy and introducing the concept of financial planning began in undergrad.  She spent her college days teaching herself financial basics as it applied to her own personal finances outside of the finance classes she took. After graduating from Drexel University with a degree in finances and marketing, she decided to enter the finance industry as an associate with Bernstein Global Wealth Management.  From there she began coursework at University of MD – College Park.  She received her MBA and moved on to become a wealth management advisor with TIAA-CREF.  While Tomeka enjoyed working with the ultra-wealthy, she wanted to designate more of her time to the “everyday person” who was in the process of accumulating wealth or just didn’t know what they didn’t know when it came to finances.  She then spent a brief portion of her career with Merrill Edge, before accepting an offer to Charles Schwab as a Vice President Financial Consultant in one of their DC offices.  She is a Certified Financial Planner™ as well as a Certified Financial Education Instructor through the National Financial Educators Council. 

Tomeka joined BlackFem, Inc. because while she enjoys educating people across the entire spectrum, she understands the necessity of focusing on woman and girls of color.  She is dedicated to teaching the importance of financial responsibility to help individuals reach their financial goals.