Donna Sims Wilson joined Smith Graham as President on October 1, 2014. She is responsible for Smith Graham's Business Development, Marketing, Client Relations, and New Product Development. She also works in conjunction with the Chairman and CEO on short and long-term strategies for the firm. She serves on the firm's Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Previously she was Executive Vice President and served on the Management Committee of CastleOak Securities, L.P., a leading New York-based boutique investment bank. She also was President of M.R. Beal & Company, a Founder and Managing Director of Loop Capital Markets and worked as a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she sold mortgage-backed securities. Donna started her career in 1983 as an analyst in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.
Donna currently serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Securities Professionals. Appointed by the Governor of the state of Illinois, Donna is also a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission and the Governor's Export Council. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives' Club of Chicago. She is a former Board Member of the Bond Market Association, currently known as the Securities Industry Financial Management Association (SIFMA), and a former Member of Fannie Mae's National Advisory Council. Donna has also served as Chairman of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Board of the Export Import Bank of the United States.
Donna received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Yale University.