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Mellody Hobson

Co-Founder Ariel Alternatives, LLC

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Mellody Hobson is Co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, LLC and Chairman of the Company’s publicly traded mutual funds. She is also Co-Founder of Ariel Alternatives, LLC.

Additionally, she is Vice Chair and incoming Chairman of Starbucks Corporation and a director of JPMorgan Chase. She previously served as Chairman of DreamWorks Animation and was a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.