Margo Alexander

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Margo Alexander
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Alma mater Harvard Business School
Occupation businessperson, philanthropist

Margo Alexander (born 1949) is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the Board Chairman Emeritus and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit organization that uses a venture capital model to promote sustainable change to improve the lives of the poor. It is officially supported by many organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Life and career

Alexander holds a BS from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Upon her graduation from Harvard Business School, as one of only 24 women in her class of 800, Alexander initially struggled to find a job in an industry that was typically reluctant to hire women at the time - Wall Street. Beginning as a securities analyst with Paine Webber, she enjoyed a long and decorated career that was marked by both national and international assignments. In addition, she began to build a long list of "firsts" including, the first woman to head a major research department, the first woman to oversee a trading floor, and one of the first females to head a large asset management company.[1]

In 1973, Alexander joined Mitchell Hutchins & Co. initially as a security analyst, later becoming Director of Research, Director of Institutional Equity, and finally CEO in 1995.[2][3] From 1984 to 2002, she served as executive Vice President of UBS Financial Services.[2]

Prior to joining the board at Acumen, Alexander served as the CEO and chairman of UBS AG Global Asset Management from January 2005 to October 2000. She is a former senior executive at PaineWebber, where she spent the majority of her thirty-three year career.[2]

Alexander currently lives in New York City and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, and The New York Stem Cell Foundation. She is also a member of the advisory boards at Berkeley and The New School.[3][4]

In 2013, Alexander donated $100,000 towards the endowment of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at University of California, Berkeley.[5]


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