The Robert Toigo Foundation

The Team

The Toigo team represents professionals with a long history of work within and service to the finance industry. Bringing tremendous enthusiasm and creativity into program development and delivery, Toigo has benefited from the talents each member brings and the collective impact of their work to provide support to program participants and maintain corporate engagement with the non-profit.

The ability to maintain and grow corporate engagement starts with Toigo’s consistent demonstration of accountability and excellence in its practice of cash management, always with a focus on the greatest benefit for its Fellowship participants.

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NANCY SIMS
President And CEO

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ANGEL STEWART
Director of Talent Management

 

NERISSA THOMAS
Director of Institutional Engagement

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Nancy Sims

President and CEO

Nancy Sims is President and CEO of the Toigo Foundation, a national leadership program supporting underrepresented professionals within finance throughout the arc of their careers. Nancy brings nearly thirty years of service in the financial services industry to her leadership of the nonprofit, offering solutions-based engagement with organizations through programming and collaboration. Her entrepreneurial leadership style has advanced Toigo’s work from a small, grassroots organization to a high-impact partner extending its reach today to a broad mix of industries from business to media to government.

During Nancy’s twenty-year Toigo tenure, the organization has become a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion, supporting thousands of young minority professionals as they reach positions of leadership, visibility and impact. Nancy’s work has influenced the Foundation’s coverage in business and industry publications, thought leadership and speaking engagements. In 2008, Nancy testified before the US House Financial Services Oversight Committee, reporting findings from the foundation’s Retention Returns Survey that highlighted the viewpoints of diverse professionals on inclusion practices within their employer organizations. She further initiated the 2017 release of Career Crossroads, a look at the optionality of today’s talent and how it translates to shifts in industries between finance and tech. She continues to be the voice for those who the organization represents in her work to educate and inform the investment community on the merits of diversity and inclusion, the areas in need of further progress, and through the Foundation’s introduction of nearly 100 talented minority, high potential leaders each year to Finance.

In 2016, Nancy’s leadership in stewarding the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008 was chronicled in the Case Research Journal on women in leadership and is now a case study available for use in MBA and executive education classrooms. Nancy's engagement across professions led to Toigo contributing a chapter, among noted academics, in the 2019 HBR published book entitled Race, Work and Leadership – New Perspectives on the Black Experience. The Foundation presented practical, real life examples of the often overlooked issues that face African American senior leaders in fulfilling their professional careers.

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Angel Stewart

Director of Talent Management

Angel Stewart rejoined the Toigo Foundation in June of 2011 as the Director of Talent Management. Angel, who served as Executive Director of Toigo from 1993 to 1998, has remained an enthusiastic supporter and friend of the organization. At her new Toigo post, she leads the expansion of ToigoPRO™ (Professional Recruitment Opportunities)—our job placement platform—adding focused services on lateral talent placement and in growing the ToigoPRO team.

Before returning to Toigo, Angel led the recruiting efforts globally for the International Division of New York Life, recruiting for roles in New York, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Mexico and India. Prior to that, Angel was the Vice President of Diversity at Morgan Stanley and later served as the Vice President of Investment Banking and Private Equity Experienced Hire Recruiting for Goldman Sachs. She has also worked as an independent consultant, advising finance firms in a mix of sectors on recruiting and retention strategies and providing executive search services. For the past three years, she has also served as an MBA Adjunct Faculty Advisor counseling students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business about careers in finance.

Outside of work, Angel has been a volunteer in both Sacramento and New York with the NAACP ACT-SO academic olympic competition for high school students; she is the Vice President of the Board of St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School in Harlem, and is a former board member of St. Hope Academy in Sacramento. She has also served as a Big Sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City.

Angel is a graduate of UCLA and a native of Sacramento. She is based in New York City and works in the Oakland office each month.

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Nerissa Thomas

Director of Institutional Engagement

Nerissa Thomas joined the Foundation in October 2003 and currently serves as Director of Institutional Engagement. As a member of the Foundation’s management team, Nerissa focuses on the cultivation and participation of leading institutions via program marketing, communications, event planning oversight, and social marketing outreach.

Prior to this role, Nerissa served as Toigo’s Manager of Donor Relations and Special Events, including marketing, sales and planning for the Foundation’s annual Gala and other fundraising events. She works closely with the Foundation’s President, Board of Directors and the other members of the Toigo team to create, launch and manage institutional programs.

Before joining Toigo, Nerissa worked as an administrator and school district liaison at a nonpublic school in San Francisco focused on providing special education to emotionally disturbed children. She was previously the Development and Marketing Coordinator for the UCLA Alumni Association and a property manager for Spieker Properties, a large Bay Area-based real estate investment trust (REIT).

Nerissa is the proud mother of two.