Donna Sims Wilson
M.R. BEAL & COMPANY
Donna Sims Wilson is President of M.R. Beal & Company, a leading investment bank specializing in municipal and corporate finance, and equity and fixed income sales and trading. Mrs. Wilson is responsible for the firm's revenue growth with corporations, public pension plans and institutional asset management firms. She is the primary interface with federal government departments and agencies, collaborating on mortgage related legislation and the country's economic stimulus strategy. Mrs. Wilson was previously Executive Vice President and Head of Equity Sales and Trading at M.R. Beal. She first joined the firm in 1991. As Senior Vice President and Director of the Federal Finance Group, she was responsible for the securitization of single family, multi-family and commercial mortgage loans for the Resolution Trust Corporation and other federal agencies. She has more than 25 years of experience in equity sales and corporate and mortgage finance. Prior to rejoining M.R. Beal in 2005, Mrs. Wilson was a founder and Managing Director of Loop Capital Markets where she managed Equity Sales. She also served as a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she sold mortgage backed securities to banks and savings and loans. Mrs. Wilson began her career at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in Corporate Finance.
Mrs. Wilson serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Securities Professionals, Vice Chairman of the Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago and as a member of the Board Trustees of the John G. Shedd Aquarium. 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. Mrs. Wilson has also served as Chairman of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Board of the Export Import Bank of the United States.
Since 1990, Mrs. Wilson has been actively engaged in financial services and insurance on the continent of Africa. She completed a leveraged buyout of the former Senegalese operations of AIG Life Insurance Company. Renamed, ILICO/SAGEF Group, she serves on the Board of Directors, which is comprised of the largest life insurance company and leading real estate development company in Senegal. She has served as an advisor on debt capital markets development to the government of Ghana, has advised President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on issues related to financing NEPAD (the New Economic Partnership for African Development) and has structured trade finance transactions in Nigeria.
Mrs. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Yale University in 1983.