Rick Rieder is BlackRock’s managing director, chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income, co-head of Americas fixed income, a member of the executive committee of firm-wide alpha strategy business, a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee, and chair of the BlackRock Investment Council.
Before joining BlackRock in 2009, Rieder was president and chief executive officer of R3 Capital Partners. He served as vice chairman and member of the borrowing committee for the U.S. Treasury. Rieder is currently a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s investment advisory committee on financial markets and was named the 2013 inductee into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Fixed Income Hall of Fame.
Rieder earned a BBA degree in finance from Emory University in 1983 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He is a member of the board of trustees of Emory University, the advisory board of Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and the university’s investment committee. He is the vice chairman of the finance committee and founder and chair of Goizueta’s BBA investment fund and community financial literacy program.
Rieder is passionate about urban educational improvement in the United States and serves on a number of boards, including as the chair of the board of trustees of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark and as a member of the National Leadership Council of Communities in Schools. As a member of the Emory University board of trustees, Rieder helps guide a world-class university with a goal of meaningful innovation to positively impact society.
In July 2010, Rieder launched Graduation Generation, which involves more than a dozen community organizations, government agencies, and philanthropic entities in collaboration with Emory University, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and Communities in Schools of Atlanta (CIS). Together, these partners are developing a comprehensive set of linked programs and activities to address issues and opportunities for excellence throughout the Maynard H. Jackson High School cluster, including its middle and elementary schools, and the Atlanta neighborhoods they serve: Edgewood, Reynoldstown, Kirkwood, and East Lake.
Recognizing that helping students prepare for success in life demands attention to the whole child, Graduation Generation is a cross-sector, multifaceted initiative that focuses on what happens in school and in the community. The program recognizes that a range of factors impact a child’s wellbeing and academic achievement.