Azish Filabi, JD, MA, is the Executive Director of the Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services and an Associate Professor at The American College of Financial Services. Azish’s career has spanned private, non-profit, public/regulatory and academic environments.
Prior to joining the College, she was a member of the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team, where she led the corporate governance, sustainability and proxy voting considerations relating to a portfolio of companies in which BlackRock is invested on behalf of its clients.
From 2015—2019, Azish was the Executive Director of Ethical Systems, an organization housed at the NYU Stern School of Business. Through research and collaboration with leading social and behavioral scientists, she dedicated her time to helping business distill findings from academic research, and develop strategies to measure and promote ethical culture in their organizations. She was also a Sr. Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor at NYU/Stern.
Azish started her career as a corporate lawyer at the NYC-based law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP. She then worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for eight years, from 2007 – 2015, serving as an Assistant VP, Ethics Officer and Counsel in the Legal Group. Her time at the Fed spanned the Global Financial Crisis, and she was part of various teams that structured both the direct and broad-based lending facilities that supported the markets at that time. Later, as an Ethics Officer, she managed a conflicts of interest program for financial institution supervisors, also providing training and outreach relating to the Code of Conduct and ethics guidelines.
Azish has presented on business ethics and corporate culture at various forums, including the OECD, the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, Thomson Reuters, the 1LoD conference, the Conference Board, the Good Work Institute, and the NY State Bar Association (International Section), among others. She also writes frequently on these topics.
She is an active member of the community, serving as a Senior Officer in the NY State Bar Association International Section, where she also co-founded the Committee on Social Finance and Enterprise. She previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for USQ Core Real Estate Fund, a ’40 Act Fund providing investment opportunities to retail investors in commercial real estate. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Lymphedema Network, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
Azish was born in Mashhad, Iran and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in the early ‘80s. She has a B.A. as an Echols Interdisciplinary Scholar from the University of Virginia (UVA), a J.D. from the UVA School of Law, and a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).