Client Service Associate
Brittany Arnold is a Client Service Associate in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides client service and office support by assisting the firm’s partners and wealth managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Brittany has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Veris, she worked as a Registered Representative and Experience Improvement Analyst for New York Life Insurance, cultivating partnerships with internal and external business partners to drive service, compliance adherence and operations for the Variable Product Service Center.
She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and minor in Marketing and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Wilmington University. She lives in the New York metropolitan area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and helping to make an impact through community work with her church.
Senior Client Service Associate
Katie Bamberger is a Senior Associate, Wealth Management in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides customer service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Senior Associates. Katie is an Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM (AAMS®) and has more than 14 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Veris, Katie was a Fundraising Analyst at the University of California, San Francisco. Before that, Katie was Director of Client Solutions at InvestorFlow and earlier an Analyst at Prime, Buchholz & Associates.
Katie received an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in business at the University of New Hampshire. She enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, and time spent with family and friends.
Associate Wealth Manager
Leah Beattie is an Associate Wealth Manager and Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional (FPQP™) in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. She supports Senior Wealth Managers in the management of significant client relationships and execution of impact wealth management services including providing financial planning and prospective client proposal support. Leah also provides customer service and operations support to the firm through her involvement in the Client Service Group and the Policies & Procedures Team.
Leah has over 20 years of financial services industry experience. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Business Management and Sociology.
Prior to joining Veris, Leah worked with co-founder David Hills at A.G. Edwards and was a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed. She was born and raised in New England and currently resides in New Hampshire with her family.
Partner – Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
Richard Chen is a Partner and serves as the General Counsel of Veris and has more than 20 years of legal experience. Located in the firm’s New York office, Richard advises the firm’s senior management on a wide range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to joining Veris, Richard worked for some of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. His work included engagements with investment advisory firms, hedge and private equity fund sponsors, investment managers, and financial planners, broker-dealers, and other financial institutions on compliance, fund formation, and other securities law-related matters. Richard graduated from Harvard College in 1995 and Harvard Law School in 1998.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Lori Choi is a Partner, Senior Wealth Manager, and CFA® Charterholder in the Veris New York office. Lori has over fifteen years of experience in wealth management and financial services, and is passionate about helping individuals, families, and foundations have a positive social and environmental impact with their wealth. Lori also leads the client service team in New York and serves as Chair of the Best Place to Work Committee.
Prior to joining Veris, Lori was Vice President of Account Management at Markit, a global financial information services company, and Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Bank of Hawaii Private Client Services, where she constructed portfolios, performed equity research, and directly managed over $170 million in client assets.
Lori graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. Lori is a co-founder of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a community for people who identify as women to connect, grow, and share, with the purpose of advancing sustainable investing and women’s leadership. Lori lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Nicole Davis is a Partner and Senior Wealth Manager at Veris Wealth Partners. Nicole specializes in creating highly impactful private investment portfolios, tailored to clients’ thematic interests. She also serves as a consultant to the Envestnet Impact Investing Solutions Platform and is a member of the Veris Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Veris, Nicole was Portfolio Manager and Assistant Vice President with Bank of Hawaii’s Private Client Asset Management Team, where she constructed portfolios, performed equity research, and directly managed over $300 million in client assets.
Nicole serves on the Executive Committee of the Surfrider Foundation NH Chapter, an organization committed to protecting the ocean and beach access. She was previously a member of the CEI Notes Advisory Board, a community investment note program of the Maine based community development financial institution (CDFI), Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI). Nicole is a Certified Investment Management Analyst professional. Nicole graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She lives with her family and rescued black lab in Portsmouth, NH.
Director of Operations
JR Formanek is Director of Operations. In this role, JR oversees systems and technology improvements, organizational efficiency, and national operations. He has extensive experience in advancing wealth management technologies, particularly within investment advisory firms.
Over his career, JR has designed and launched sophisticated wealth management solutions, including an early robo-advisor later acquired by TIAA-CREF. He has worked to support numerous clients, ranging from small RIAs to institutional wealth managers. His previous roles included executive level management, product operations, and customer success.
JR earned an Master’s degree in Financial Analysis & Investment Management from St. Mary’s College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. In his spare time, JR leads fundraising for ShelterTech.org, a San Francisco non-profit solving technology challenges for people experiencing homelessness. He loves to contemplate challenges facing humanity, anticipate future trends, and apply those learnings to his life. Most of all he loves to spend time with family and friends.
National Client Service/Marketing Associate
Kristen Gilliam is a National Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. Kristen provides support to Veris clients and team members.
Prior to joining Veris, Kristen was the Investor Relations Manager for a private real estate investment firm. She also was a Congressional campaign staff member and was previously the Donor Relations Manager at Boot Campaign, a veteran-focused 501c3.
Kristen received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She currently lives in York, Maine.
Client Service Associate
Laura Gracy is a Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides customer service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Senior Associates. Laura has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining Veris, she was a Client Relationship Associate at Vigilant Capital Management. Laura graduated from Wright State University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership.
She lives with her partner in Dover, NH.
Sandra Guerrero is a Wealth Manager in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners and is passionate about helping individuals, families, and foundations have a positive social and environmental impact with their wealth. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining Veris, Sandra worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager with Mellon Capital where she was responsible for the oversight and management of international, domestic, emerging and frontier index strategies across separate accounts, mutual funds, ETFs, and currency hedged funds for foundations, Institutions and Ultra-High Wealth clients. She has also work at other firms such BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors in various capacities from operations, index research, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Management including assisting and creating customized solutions for clients.
Tim Kingsbury is a Wealth Manager and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He is located in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners and is focused on helping clients meet their financial and impact goals.
Prior to Veris, Tim worked for eight years at Wetherby Asset Management in San Francisco, most recently as a Senior Investment Associate. At Wetherby, Tim helped high-net-worth families, charitable organizations and institutions with financial planning and portfolio management, employing both impact and traditional investments. Early in his career, he also held positions in research and operations at Llenroc Capital. Tim graduated from James Madison University with a B.B.A in International Business – Finance Concentration and a B.A. in Spanish. He resides in the New York metro area.
Partner – CIO/CFO
Michael is a founding principal and the CIO of Veris Wealth Partners. For 20 years, he’s been delivering financial planning and investment consulting services to high-net-worth families, family offices, and foundations. Michael has been recognized by the Calvert Foundation for his advocacy of blended-value community investing and is regularly cited by major media outlets such as AP and Reuters on matters pertaining to sustainable investing. Prior to Veris, he co-founded the New York office of Progressive Asset Management, the first full-service broker/dealer to focus on socially responsible investing.
Earlier in his career, while working on economic development issues in Central America, Michael realized that, for his work to achieve its full impact, he and his colleagues would need sustained access to new financial resources. So he began to focus his efforts on outreach, educating others who also recognized the important link between capital and social change. He now helps others use their resources to achieve personal financial goals while having a positive impact on the world around them.
Michael served as Chair of the Board of Directors of US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, an association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. In addition, Michael is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute™, which sets standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession. He received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2002. Michael also has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.
Client Service Associate
Tracey Lynch is a Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth Office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides customer service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Senior Associates. Tracey has twelve years of experience in the financial services industry, and previously worked at Prime, Buchholz & Associates, an investment consulting firm, as an Investment Analyst. Most recently, Tracey was the Donor Relations Manager at Education for All Children, a nonprofit that provides access to education, mentoring and career training to disadvantaged youth in Kenya.
Tracey serves on the board of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle, a nonprofit that assesses needs in the community and raises funds, through collective giving, to address those needs. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Tracey lives with her family in Portsmouth, NH.
Senior Client Service Associate
Garrett Markley is a Senior Associate, Wealth Management in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. He provides client service, operational support, and assists the firm’s Partners and Wealth Managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Prior to joining Veris full-time, Garrett supported Veris’ research department as a Graduate Intern, while earning his Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. He is on the Associate Board of New York’s Bottom Line Chapter, which supports first-generation students from low-income backgrounds succeed in their academic and life endeavors. Garrett lives with his wife in New York, NY.
Mihir is the Research Analyst in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners.
He is responsible for investment manager due diligence, thematic research, and pipeline development. While obtaining his MBA, he was a Principal of Sustainable Investment Fund, a $4.5M student-run fund investing in public markets with an ESG lens and a Founding Venture Partner for Haas Impact Fund, a student-run impact investing fund focused on early-stage impact-oriented startups. He also interned with Connectivity Capital, deploying high-impact debt to fund infrastructure development improving internet access and affordability in frontier markets. Prior to his MBA, he spent three years at Tata Trusts, one of India’s largest philanthropic organizations, where he worked on the intersection of technology and women empowerment helping bridge the online gender divide in rural India.
Previously, he worked in the investment banking division for J.P. Morgan advising financial institutions in Southeast Asia for two years.
Mihir graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences with a BE (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering. He received his MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he served as co-president of the International Development and Enterprise Club and a student advisory board member at the Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership (EGAL). He enjoys hiking, console games and soccer.
Partner – Senior Research Analyst
Roraj is a Partner and Senior Research Analyst at Veris Wealth Partners. He leads the Investment Research team and is a voting member of the Investment Committee. He is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of investments across asset classes, thematic research, capital markets analysis, and impact measurement and management. He chairs the firm’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) taskforce and Investment Working Group. He also serves as a consultant to the Envestnet Impact Investing Solutions Platform. He constantly seeks to drive systemic change and positive environmental and social impact through financial markets, build partnerships, identify impactful investment opportunities for clients and contribute to the advancement of the impact investing industry.
He has fifteen years of diverse experience at large-, mid- and small-size firms and startups in the US and Switzerland across all verticals of Financial Services – Wealth Management, Asset Management, Banking and Insurance in various functions and roles. Prior to joining Veris, Roraj was a Sustainability Investing Analyst at RobecoSAM in Zurich, Switzerland, where he developed and implemented sustainability, ESG and impact investing solutions across core, thematic and impact investment strategies and covered the consumer discretionary and telecoms sectors. Before RobecoSAM, he was a Vice President in Debt Capital Markets at Citigroup in New York. He started his career at KPMG in New York in the Insurance and Asset Management Practices.
Roraj holds an MBA (Honors) from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from SUNY Binghamton. Roraj is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is one of the founding members of the Bellerive Impact Fund with the objective of raising funds from the IMD MBA alumni community and supporting social impact projects and providing catalytic capital to entrepreneurs in emerging and developed markets. He enjoys traveling, hiking and cooking. He lives with his family in NY.
Partner – Chief Client Service Officer & Senior Wealth Manager
Alison Pyott is Chief Client Service Officer, Partner, and Senior Impact Wealth Manager. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) professional. The CPWA certification is an advanced professional education and certification program for advisors who serve high-net-worth clients. She leads Veris client service strategy, the NH office and manages client portfolios. She formerly led the firm’s Women, Wealth and Impact strategy, co-authoring several papers on gender lens investing including Gender Lens Investing: Bending the Arc of Finance for Women & Girls.
Prior to Veris, Alison was the Director of Client and Shareholder Services for Citizens Advisors, a socially responsible mutual fund company. She also worked in client service and management positions at John Hancock Signature Services. In addition to her 25 years of financial services experience, Alison worked for the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, where she managed community investment and outcome measurement programs.
Alison is an advisor to the Northern New England Women Investor Network, a group working to increase the number of women angel and impact investors. She is a former advisory board member for Invest for Better, former Treasurer for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and former Chair New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Piscataqua Region. Alison graduated from University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Hotel Administration and from Merrimack College with a Certificate in Financial Planning. She lives with her husband in Portsmouth, NH.
Stephanie Cohn Rupp
Partner – CEO/COO
Stephanie Cohn Rupp is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer with more than 20 years of global impact investing experience. During her career, Stephanie has focused on building scalable, profitable, sustainable businesses. Based in Denver, she helps lead the firm’s impact wealth management growth strategies, financial performance and client experience.
Before joining Veris, Stephanie was Managing Director and Partner, Head of Impact Investing, at Tiedemann Advisors, where she served clients as a wealth advisor and led the development of the impact investing platform and impact client experience. Prior to that, she was CEO of Toniic, a global community of impact investors which she grew tenfold. Previously, Stephanie held globally focused investment roles at Omidyar Network, PlaNet Finance, UBS, The World Bank and building greenfield micro-finance institutions financed by USAID.
Stephanie is a Board Director of the US Sustainable Investment Forum, a member of the ImpactAssets 50 Review Committee and an advisory board member to Paris-based Investisseurs et Partenaires’ investment fund for Education in Africa.
She earned a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a French and U.S. binational and co-authored The ImpactAssets Handbook in 2017 with Jed Emerson.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Jane Swan is a Partner and Senior Wealth Manager in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners. Jane began working in the field of socially responsible investing in 1996. She builds holistic relationships with wealthy families, individuals and foundations that integrate their values with a personalized investment strategy.
Prior to joining Veris, Jane worked as a Portfolio Manager and Vice President with Northern Trust. During her 15-year career with Northern, Jane worked to build their SRI practice while managing more than $500 million in assets. She served on several committees including the Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force, Women in Leadership, and the LGBT Advisory Team. Jane got her start in 1996 working with Patricia Farrar-Rivas and Michael Lent at Progressive Asset Management.
Jane is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and previously served on the Investment Committee for the Horizons Foundation. Jane graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California with a degree in Economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She lives in San Francisco with her domestic partner and two children.
National Client Service Manager
Karen Walls is the National Client Service Manager for Veris Wealth Partners. She is responsible for supporting the uniform client service delivery across the firm through proactive client service development, training and communications to all Veris offices. Karen supports client service associates, wealth managers, Partners and external service providers to ensure efficient day-to-day client service and to provide a high level of client service to the firm’s clients. She also manages the private placement administration for all Veris clients.
Karen has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry and previously worked as a Senior Relationship Manager at PENSCO Trust Company, a self directed IRA custodian specializing in alternative assets in retirement accounts. She also worked at Prime, Buchholz & Associates, an investment consulting firm, as a Performance Analyst Manager and an Investment Analyst. Prior to joining Prime, Buchholz & Associates Karen worked in various client service positions at John Hancock.
Karen received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics and a MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Portsmouth, NH.
Client Service Associate II
Tasha Wilson is a Client Service Associate in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides client service, operational support, and assists the firm’s Partners and Wealth Managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Tasha has over 15 years of financial services industry experience. Prior to joining Veris, she was a Manager for Customer Service Operations at Old Mutual (Bermuda) Ltd., fostering partnerships with Vendors and external Business Partners to drive operations, service and compliance requirements for an Adviser Service Center. She Graduated from Boston University with a MS in Banking and Financial Services Management and obtained the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning. She lives in the New York Metropolitan area.
Maya is the Research Analyst at Veris. She is responsible for investment manager due diligence, thematic research and evaluation of impact metrics. While obtaining her MBA, Maya gained experience across the impact investing space through internships with The Rockefeller Foundation, Veris Wealth Partners, Bridges Fund Management Israel, and ClimaCell.Org.
Prior to her MBA studies, Maya worked as a corporate lawyer at FBC & Co., specializing in renewable energy and infrastructure, and finance and banking. Previously, Maya was an intelligence officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Maya graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an LLB in Law and BA in Psychology. She received her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she served as co-president of Microlumbia, the $120K student-run impact investing fund focused on financial inclusion, and currently sits on the board. She enjoys music and traveling. She lives with her husband and dog in New York City.