Joan Payden, CFA

President and CEO of Payden & Rygel
Joan Payden

Investment Company Founder, Global Fund Manager, Community Leader

Joan Payden, CFA, is president and chief executive officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm she founded in 1983. Joan has overseen the firm’s international expansion and its growth to more than $120 billion in assets under management.

She also is chairman and chief executive officer of Payden & Rygel Investment Group, a family of mutual funds the company launched in 1992. Many of these strategies later were duplicated in UCITS funds domiciled in Ireland. In 1998, Payden & Rygel Global Ltd. was founded in London and the firm also established Metzler/Payden LLC, its joint venture with Metzler Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank.

Joan serves on the board of advisors of the UCLA Anderson School, and is a trustee of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. She is also a member of the board of the Town Hall of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the California Chamber of Commerce, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She is past chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America.

Joan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She is a graduate of the advanced management program at Harvard Business School and earned a B.A. from Trinity Washington University in mathematics and physics.