HWW Board of Directors
The High Water Women Board of Directors meets regularly to guide staff and HWW initiatives and programs, and to develop strategies for the organization’s growth. The Board of Directors is also organized into committees focused on specific aspects of the organization’s affairs.
- Ariane de Vienne, oekom research, Inc.
- Darcy Garner, Channel Family Assets
- Kathleen M. Kelley, Queen Anne's Gate
- Patricia Louie
- Quinn Moss, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Athena Ole, Nasdaq Private Market
- Anna K. Snider, Bank of America
- Susan Webb, Appomattox Advisory, Inc
Ariane de Vienne has over 25 years leadership experience in the investment advisory and wealth management industry working globally with family offices, foundations and other institutional investors to define and implement successful investment strategies.
As Head of ISS-oekom Americas, Ariane is responsible for building out ISS-oekom’s ESG research and rating solutions in North America; she is also part of the leadership team establishing ISS ESG as a leader and quality standard in the ESG space in North America. Prior to the acquisition by ISS, Ariane ran the North American business for oekom research.
Previous responsibilities included Managing Director at Cornerstone Capital, charged with building the firm's ESG integrated investment advisory business. Before joining Cornerstone, Ariane was Principal at AV Advisors LP/LLC in both Hong Kong and New York; she launched and built the independent consultancy with a focus on responsible and impact investing, working with families and foundations, as well as intermediaries.
Before that, Ariane was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Investment Advisors LLC (“GIA”). There she defined and built the brand strategy to position GIA in US and off-shore UHNW markets and was responsible for business development. GIA’s investment approach used behavioral psychology methods developed by Noble Laureate, Professor Daniel Kahneman. Ariane also served as Senior Vice President at David J. Greene and Company and in several Managing Director roles with JPMorgan Chase, including Head of EMEA, Head of the Wealthy Family Group, and Head of NY Metro I., Ariane began her career in banking in Germany.
Darcy Garner Bhatia Ms. Garner has over 20 years leadership experience in the investment management industry, and serves as an advisor to entrepreneurial individuals and families. She started her firm, Channel Family Assets in 2011 and works with high net worth families around their investments, estate planning, and family education.
From 2002-2011, Ms. Garner was a founding Partner of Highmount Capital, a $2.5 billion dollar wealth management firm with offices in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and Zurich. While at Highmount, Ms. Garner was directly involved in having her firm achieve a number of awards, including the PAM Awards as the best multi-family office in 2011. She was responsible for the firm’s internal investment capabilities and led the investment portfolios and staff. During her tenure, she was responsible for the firm’s marketing and branding. While at Highmount, Ms. Garner was responsible for developing governance and financial education programs for families.
Ms. Garner received her BS from Tulane University in New Orleans and her MBA from Thunderbird, The Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Ms. Garner has served on a variety of non-for-profit boards including K.I.D.S. and was a founding and advisory member of The Redwoods Initiative. She has been a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO), Financial Women’s Association (FWA), New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), The CFA Institute, Financial Planning Associations (FPA), and STEP. She holds a series 65, and has her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has been a member of Golden Seeds, a women’s angel investing group and on the Board of Springboard Enterprises, a venture catalyst for emerging growth ventures led by women. She recently co-founded The Foundation for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and serves as the Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Garner resides in Bronxville, New York with her two sons, Remy (11) and Jesse (9). She enjoys many actives including triathlons, skiing, cycling, travel and horseback riding.
Kathleen Kelley is the founder of Queen Anne's Gate Capital. Previously, Kathleen Kelley was a Global Macro Portfolio Manager at Kingdon Capital Management LLC. Prior to this, she served two years as a global macro strategist at Vantis Capital Management in New York. She joined Vantis from Tudor Investment Corporation where she ultimately managed a portfolio focusing on fixed income and commodities. She began her career at Tudor in 1990 providing economic research for Paul Jones, she then spent a number of years in their systematic trading group, developing trading systems. Prior to Tudor she spent three years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economist in the international research area. Kathleen is on the Board of ReServe and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). She has a BA in math and economics from Smith College and a general course diploma from the London School of Economics.
Since October 2018, Patricia Louie has served as an independent trustee of the Oakmark Funds. Prior to that time, from 1999 to 2018, Ms. Louie served in senior positions within the Law Department of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (“AXA Equitable”), most recently as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of AXA Equitable and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of its wholly-owned investment advisory subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC (“FMG”). In these roles, among other responsibilities, she was the lead in-house counsel for the successful defense of the excessive fee matters entitled Sivolella v. AXA Equitable et. al and Sanford et. al v. FMG. Before joining AXA Equitable, Ms. Louie also worked at The Dreyfus Corporation and Investment Company Institute. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah.
Athena Ole, CAIA is Head of Private Funds, Nasdaq Private Market. Athena is responsible for driving the development of the Private Funds business at Nasdaq Private Market (NPM). NPM is addressing the challenges of liquidity in alternative investment funds by creating opportunities for new product vehicles and broadening access to new sources of capital through their technology powered marketplace.
Athena joined Nasdaq in 2018, bringing over 20 years of experience in financial services. At Merrill Lynch, she as a leader across various roles in the Alternative Investments (AI) business for almost 10 years. In addition to managing relationships with the firm’s AI fund partners, she also hired and led a team who championed adoption of hedge funds and private equity with the largest and most sophisticated clients of the firm.Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2007, she spent over ten years at Citigroup where she was a Director of Alternative Investment Sales at Citigroup Alternative Investments, driving third party distribution of proprietary hedge funds and private equity. Athena started her career in Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank, and spent seven years in NYC, London and Dublin, working in Corporate Finance.Athena is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and received her B.A. in Economics from Columbia College at Columbia University.
She lives in Montebello, NY with her husband Rich and their three boys. Outside of her career and being a hockey mom, she enjoys her directorship on the board of High Water Women, and is an accomplished musician and recording artist.
Quinn Moss is a corporate partner in the New York office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, co-head of Orrick’s global Private Investment Funds Group and on the leadership committee for Orrick’s Impact Finance and Investment Group. Quinn represents sponsors of impact funds and public pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign funds and other institutional investors in alternative investments, including private equity, mezzanine and hedge fund formation and co-investments. Over the past 30 years, Quinn has also gained extensive experience representing financial institutions in connection with private placements, bank loans, and mezzanine investments. Quinn received her B.A. from Harvard University, her J.D. from the Fordham School of Law and is admitted in New York. She is a member of the SEC Working Group for the National Association of Public Plan Attorneys (NAPPA), a member and former Trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel (ACIC), a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a director, corporate secretary and volunteer for High Water Women Foundation. In recent years, Quinn has frequently presented and moderated panels focusing on impact finance and investment, the negotiation of fund terms and the impact of regulation on funds, and also was lead author of “Fundraising Terms and Conditions: Legal Developments in Key Countries” published in Private Equity and Venture Capital – Regulation and Good Practice (Risk Books, 2014).
Anna Snider is a Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM), a division of Bank of America Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for manager research across all asset classes for the wealth management businesses. She also defines and executes investment strategies focusing on impact strategy research, thought leadership and investment implementation.
Prior to this role, Anna was part of the alternative investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a senior analyst in the risk management division at U.S. Trust. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management.
She graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM (CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City.
Susan Webb is the founder and CEO/CIO of Appomattox Advisory, a boutique investment management firm. In this capacity, she is a member of the Investment Committee responsible for identifying and evaluating managers as well as managing portfolios. Prior to co-founding Appomattox, she was Head of First Atlas Capital, Inc., the SEC Registered Advisor of Atlas Capital, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds manager. She was a member of the Global Investment Committee and launched, with Weston Capital, the Weston Atlas Manager Seeding Platform.
Her career in finance spans over 30 years where she developed an expertise in trading, financing, and structuring derivatives. Susan began her career at Irving Trust in 1984 where she completed the credit analyst program and worked in loan work outs. She left after 2 years and joined trading desks for five years each at Citibank, Paribas Capital Markets and CIBC. While there she either joined, or set up and ran, derivative trading groups including interest rate, currency, equity, credit and hedge fund structuring. In 2000, she joined Caisse des Depots as a Managing Director and established their credit derivative and synthetic CLO and hedge fund structuring business in the US. She has 12 years direct experience managing portfolios of hedge funds. She received a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Susan Webb is a board member for GTI Capital Group, and investment firm focused on opportunities in India. She does not receive compensation in connection with GTI Capital Group or any business activity outside of Appomattox. Susan is on the board of High Water Women, a non-profit foundation that encourages financial education of women and youth. She is also on the advisory board of Catalyst Financial Partners, a group that promotes small and emerging managers in the financial industry.
Ana Frias graduated from the City University of New York - Brooklyn College in 2015. Currently she is a Tax Senior Consultant in Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP’s National Tax department, in their IRS Practices and Procedures group, in their Manhattan office. For the past year and a half Ana has been preparing/reviewing tax returns for individuals and partnerships who are either under criminal investigation, IRS/state examination, or for those who want to make a voluntary disclosure of previously undisclosed income and/or foreign assets. Ana also has several years handling international tax matters such as controlled foreign corporations, passive investment companies, and foreign bank account reporting. Prior to Baker Tilly, Ana worked at a boutique CPA firm in Manhattan for a year and a half specializing in German matters. She worked with German individuals coming to the United States but continue to have interests in German companies and assets or German companies looking to open subsidiaries in the United States. During her time there, Ana also overlooked the bookkeeping department to ensure that payroll, adjusting journal entries, bank reconciliations, sales tax returns, and miscellaneous income tax forms were properly made.
Alissa Desmarais brings over 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and human resources management both globally and locally. She has worked with some of the best New York City organizations. Her accomplishments include closing six-figure revenue deals and managing a budget of over $5M at the City Parks Foundation, securing $1.5M in unrestricted gifts for Synergos, and increasing service revenues at Creative Alternatives by 42%. She has successfully organized and managed top tier events working with international figures such as David Rockefeller, Kofi Annan and Queen Rania of Jordan. Under her leadership the New York Public Radio gala grew by 32%. Her honest, practical, can do attitude, coupled with her strategic approach will help us guide HWW into a new phase of growth.
Elanor Brand has worked for nonprofit organizations in varying capacities or over 25 years. Her positions have ranged from Development Associate to Executive Director. Some organizations she has been involved with over the years are: Breakthrough New York, General Theological Seminary, Variety Children’s Lifeline, and Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn. Elanor received her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and attended University College, University of London.