Amy O’Brien

Managing Director and Head of Responsible Investment at TIAA Global Asset Management

Amy Muska O’Brien is a managing director and the head of Responsible Investment at TIAA Global Asset Management. She provides overall strategic leadership on the implementation of TIAA’s responsible investment commitments and environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches, including ESG-focused funds, ESG integration frameworks across asset classes, and the firm’s community and impact investing portfolios.

Having joined the firm as a director in 2005, Ms. O’Brien has worked on a wide range of ESG and community investing initiatives across TIAA. Ms. O’Brien has 20 years of professional experience in the field of socially responsible investing. Prior to joining TIAA in 2005, Ms. O’Brien served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Pension Boards – United Church of Christ, where she developed and implemented socially responsible investment strategies. Previously, she was Research Manager at the Council on Economic Priorities, the non-profit research firm that pioneered the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility ratings for investors and consumers.

Ms. O’Brien earned a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

From 2006-2011 she served on the Board of Directors of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to advancing investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. In 2008, Ms. O’Brien joined the board of directors of The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility (IRRCi), whose mission is to act as a catalyst for thought leaders, and to sponsor research on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. In 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. Ms. O’Brien became a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York in 2012 and in 2014 she was named to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative’s Reporting and Assessment Steering Committee.

As a longtime leader in the field of responsible investment, Ms. O’Brien is a frequent speaker on responsible investment trends, challenges and opportunities, including presentations at the Milken Institute Global Conference and the U.S. Department of Labor. Her insights have been covered by numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, Barron’s, Institutional Investor, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Insights from Amy O’Brien