The Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown McDonough is a top destination for financial policy analysts and researchers. Guided by Professor Reena Aggarwal, the Center provides thought leadership for global finance, convening academics, policymakers, regulators, industry leaders, students, and institutional decision makers from its home in Washington D.C. The Psaros Center is an intellectual honest broker, facilitator, and educator that serves as the intersection between practitioners and policymakers – fostering discussion and debate on global finance and its role in broader societal problems.
Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Finance
Reena Aggarwal is the Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Finance; and director, Georgetown Psaros Center. Aggarwal specializes in international stock markets, initial public offerings, and corporate governance. She has worked on major consulting projects sponsored by Credit Suisse, Wachovia, the World Bank, IMF, Nasdaq, United Nations, and USAID. Aggarwal obtained an MMS from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, and her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland.
David Vandivier brings over two decades of experience at the highest levels of financial policy to the new role, including in the White House, U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. Senate, and, most recently, BNY Mellon, where he was co-head of government affairs. Before joining BNY Mellon in 2015, Vandivier was senior advisor to the commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service and chief of staff at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama White House. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary for budget and tax at the U.S. Treasury Department and director of strategic planning and outreach on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. He holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Franklin College of Indiana.
Associate Director of Student Engagement
Associate Professor of Finance
Lee Pinkowitz is Associate Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Professor Pinkowitz arrived at Georgetown in 1999 after receiving his Ph.D from The Ohio State University. Professor Pinkowitz is an award winning researcher in the areas of corporate cash holdings and corporate governance. His research has been published in top finance journals and is widely cited. Along with co-authors, he has won the Jensen prize for best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research, for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Professor Pinkowitz has won the annual MBA Distinguished Teaching Award four times and the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence twice.
Anna Kormis is the assistant director of the Psaros Center. She is responsible for the center’s digital and printed communications, website, social media, and planning and executing events. In addition, Kormis manages the center’s undergraduate and graduate student staff. Previously, she worked with students and faculty at Georgetown University’s Law Center as part of the Records Office. Kormis graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2016 with dual degrees in mass communications and environmental studies with supplemental studies in England and Belize.