Nancy Sims is President and CEO of the Toigo Foundation. She brings 30 years of service in the financial services industry to her leadership of the non-profit beginning with her 5-year service as a member of the board of directors while SVP, Client Relations of McNeil Capital and prior with The RREEF Funds, both real estate investment firms
Nancy’s entrepreneurial leadership has transformed the organization through a mission-driven strategic plan designed to increase industry engagement, program development, participant expansion and a more robust financial platform. She has advanced the brand of Toigo to a broad mix of industries from finance to technology to government as part of her vision to elevate the message and impact of the organization around inclusion. She has driven the evolution of the organization into new areas specifically addressing the evolving career interests and needs of those Toigo serves.
The unique combination of big picture thinking and hands-on approach enabled her to reposition the organization in new ways and frame a model governance structure drawing prominent industry leaders committed to the importance of diversity and inclusion across corporate leadership, board governance and entrepreneurship. This governance model fosters vibrant dialogue, active and responsible oversight of the organization and its work. Further Nancy ensures full compliance and accountability across program delivery and financial operations.
Her viewpoints and perspectives have been valued as a speaker, advisor, and partner within the industry. In 2008 Nancy amplified the Foundation’s thought leadership work drew the attention of the US House Financial Oversight Committee where she testified on diversity practices within financial services from the Toigo’s Retention Returns survey of diverse employees. In 2016, her leadership in stewarding the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008 and its impact on the non-profit was chronicled in the Case Research Journal and is now a case study available for use in MBA and executive education classrooms. Most recently, 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 drawing from the Foundation’s research into the lives of senior African American leaders. Toigo’s perspective was later included in a feature cover story in HBR.org entitled Toward a Racially Just Workforce, December 2019.
Nancy has dedicated time and to opened her heart to the lives of future generations through her own mentoring and care for children displaced from their parent or young adults finding their way. Today, she plays a key role in the life of a 8-year old who has been in her family’s care for several years. She is a former foster parent of two children and served as Chair of the board for two foster care and adoption organizations. Her care extends to canines in need, as she is currently fostering two chihuahuas and is “mom” to a very special pitbull named Dolce.
Kristy Posocco is a 20-year veteran of the career management arena. In her current role as Director of Education and Career Advancement at Toigo, she spearheads strategic educational initiatives aligned with the organization’s mission, identifying potential to expand its educational platform with support and engagement from the finance community. She also oversees the Toigo MBA Program, ensuring effective delivery of programming and providing career coaching to current Fellows.
Most recently, Kristy served as the Director of Career Education and Coaching at Yale School of Management (SOM) and has served on career teams at Yale College, Mount Holyoke College, and Harvard Business School.
Over the course of her career, Kristy has managed high profile recruiting and internship programs, coached MBA and liberal arts students, and served as President of the University Career Action Network. In 2016, she was awarded the Yale SOM Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation for her work on the dynamic MBA career curriculum, Slingshot, which was featured at the national MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance Conference. A seasoned career management coach, Kristy holds the Associate Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. In addition, she has served as an instructor for The Academies’ Certified MBA Career Coach course, training career center coaches at U.S. and Canadian MBA programs.
A native of western Massachusetts, Kristy currently lives in the New Haven, Connecticut area with her partner, Jared, who is a chef, and son, Lachlan. Together they enjoy cooking, history museums, and as much time as possible on the Connecticut shoreline and the Maine coast.
Ana Clara Blesso
MBA Program Manager
In her role as MBA Program Manager, Ana Clara serves as lead for the Toigo Fellowship Program, engaging with talented students from across the country. Through this position, she works to maximize the Fellow experience, execute major conference events to deliver a robust curriculum, and strategically build community with students across 25+ campuses.
Originally, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Clara is passionate about advocating for those underrepresented in the world of work. She serves as an instructor at Wake Forest University’s Graduate Department of Counseling and is an active volunteer with She Votes and the Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund. She has consulted at various universities on the topics of diversity and equity in student services, including the University of North Carolina at Asheville and DePauw University. Ana Clara is an alumna of Wake Forest University and Assumption College, having also earned a Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate from the University of South Florida. She has held roles in career coaching and program management at Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut, most recently supporting Business Analytics & Project Management graduate students.
Ana Clara resides outside of Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband, Chris, and their two Boston Terriers, Bella and Pluto.
Director of Talent Management – Lateral Recruiting
As Toigo’s Director of Talent Management, Angel Stewart leads efforts around ToigoPRO™ (Professional Recruitment Opportunities), the Foundation’s dedicated job placement platform and its recruiting services in support of firms seeking diverse talent with deep finance experience.
Her experience at the intersection of finance/talent includes global recruiting efforts for the International Division of New York Life (for roles in New York, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Mexico and India). Angel also served as Vice President of Diversity at Morgan Stanley and Vice President of Investment Banking and Private Equity Experienced Hire Recruiting for Goldman Sachs. She has worked as an independent consultant, advising finance firms in a mix of sectors on recruiting and retention strategies and providing executive search services. She also served part time as an MBA Adjunct Faculty Advisor, providing career counseling to students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business as they prepared for careers in finance. Angel served as Executive Director of Toigo Fellowship program from 1993 to 1998 and remained an enthusiastic supporter and friend of the organization before returning in her current role in 2011.
Outside of work, Angel has served as a volunteer with the NAACP ACT-SO Academic Olympic Competition for high school students and served as Vice President of the Board of St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School in Harlem. She is a former board member of St. Hope Academy in Sacramento. She served as a Big Sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City and leads Mentoring Black Sisters, Inc. a Sacramento based mentoring program. Angel is a graduate of UCLA.
Shakeel Bhatia joined Toigo in 2018 and serves as a Senior Associate. Shakeel focuses on supporting the fellow and alumni community through management of the Toigo Marketplace. He also supports corporate participation in programs and events within the Foundation.
Prior to joining Toigo, Shakeel was an underwriting assistant at ICAT in Denver, CO where he reviewed specialty lines property risks in California. Before joining ICAT, he served as a Project Administrator at DAS Communications overseeing telecommunication rollouts across Northern California.
Shakeel is an MBA Candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Matt Johnson joined Toigo in 2020 as Senior Associate of Toigo Inclusion Strategy Services, All A Board and other key programs. As a member of the Toigo team, Matt’s primary role is to assist with the building of surveys, data analysis, and writing recommendations for the foundation’s Inclusion Strategy Services consulting engagements. Additionally, Matt serves as a point of contact for Toigo Alumni who are interested in participating in the All A Board Program.
Prior to joining Toigo, Matt was a Learning Management Systems Analyst at First Republic Bank where he was responsible for building and administering the bi-annual performance review process, as well as all online compliance courses. After his time at First Republic Bank, Matt lived near Shizuoka, Japan for a year where he worked as an elementary school English teacher.