Amy O'Brien

Global Head of Responsible Investing at Nuveen
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Amy O'Brien is Global Head of Responsible Investing at Nuveen. Amy leads a 20+ member team and is responsible for creating a holistic RI vision and unified framework across Nuveen and TIAA, partnering with internal stakeholders on implementation in day-to-day business activities. The framework establishes the firm’s overall RI philosophy as well as guidelines for incorporating RI disciplines in investment decisions and new product development.

Throughout her 25-year career in RI, she has worked on a wide range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing initiatives across TIAA. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, she served as director of corporate social responsibility at the Pension Boards - United Church of Christ. Previously, she was a research manager at the Council on Economic Priorities.

Amy has served on the Boards of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility (IRRCi) and the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR). In 2018, she was identified by Barron’s as one of the most influential people in ESG investing and was named as the 2021 ESG Investment Manager of the Year as part of the Women in Asset Management Awards.

Amy graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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