Debra Baker is the head of BNY Mellon's Global Risk Solutions group. Her group provides decision-oriented risk products and services to major financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies, endowment and foundations, Taft Hartley, not-for-profit and government agencies. Her team focuses on consultative client service, product and strategy, service delivery and technology for clients requiring these services. Prior to this role, Debra was the head of the U.S. Financial Institutions group in BNY Mellon's Corporate Trust business. Her group consisted of relationship management, new business development and relationship associates.
While in Corporate Trust, Debra also was head of the CDO/CLO group, after originally joining Corporate Trust as Chief Administrative Officer. She also managed the Performance & Risk Analytics Global Product Management team for BNY Mellon's Asset Servicing business in prior years.
Debra has more than 25 years' experience in product and strategy, performance analytics, project planning and management. She joined BNY Mellon in April 1996 as part of an acquisition of J.P. Morgan's custody business. At J.P. Morgan, Debra was with the Master Custody Product division where she managed the Performance Measurement and Accounting Teams. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she was with Bankers Trust Company for eight years where she managed the Performance Measurement Group and later managed two of the Daily Valuation Fund Groups. Debra began her career at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets where she attained a Supervisory Financial Analyst role.
Debra graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University in New York, with a B.S. in Economics. She is an active participant in industry recognized programs, including the Black Achievers Institute. She is a former board member for The Women's Bond Club and is a current board member for the YWCA of New York City. She is also an executive steering committee member for BNY Mellon's Women's Initiatives Network and is chair of the Supplier Diversity subcommittee focused on awareness. She has been quoted in several industry related publications relating to global risk services and was recognized in the Global Custodian "rising star" publication in 2005. In 2011, Debra completed Harvard's Best Practices for Leadership seminar.