2020 Honorees

Laura Hope

Laura Hope is DBS Bank’s Head of Financial Institutions Group, the Americas. She is responsible for relationship management and client coverage of Banks, Insurance Companies, Financial Sponsors, Asset Managers, Broker Dealers, and Government Agencies in both the US, Canada and select Latin American countries.

Laura has over 25 years of specialized experience successfully leading and growing businesses within the Financial Institutions sector. Her career path has included leadership positions at RBS, ABN AMRO, Societe Generale, and Wells Fargo. She carries deep experience and expertise in both the equity and debt capital markets arenas, as well as corporate banking, including transaction services and lending– where she has originated, structured, and successfully syndicated multi-type credit facilities for premiere global insurers, financial sponsors, and other institutional investors.

Laura is formally credit trained, is active in several industry organizations, including Women in Fund Finance, Women of Color in Investments, and has been a BAFT Annual Conference guest speaker.

She is a Board of Directors member at the Maysles Documentary Center, and has partnered with various philanthropic organizations including, The Ford Foundation, The Kennedy Center, Girl Scouts of America, and HiArts, just to name a few.

Laura resides in NYC with her husband and two children.

Julie Menin

Julie Menin is an attorney and civic leader with over two decades of experience in the legal, regulatory, and public sectors, Julie Menin serves as the Director of NYC Census 2020 and as Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel at the NYC Law Department. In her current role as NYC Census Director, she is responsible for ensuring that New York City receives its fair share of over hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding allocated nationwide as well as fighting attempts to undercount immigrant communities. In her senior role at the New York City Law Department, she develops cases in which the federal government or fraudulent corporations are taking actions that harm New Yorkers.

Menin has led three New York City agencies including serving as Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Mayor’s Office Media and Entertainment. Menin previously served as a seven-year Chair of Manhattan Community Board 1 and is widely credited with helping to lead Lower Manhattan’s resurgence after 9/11. Several weeks after 9/11, she founded the not-for-profit organization Wall Street Rising, which focused on the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan and developed it into an organization with over 30,000 members.

Menin has been widely and has been the recipient of numerous awards including Columbia University’s John Jay award and the League of Conservation Voters Public Service award. She served as an adjunct professor of law and public policy at Columbia University and serves on the board of trustees of Columbia, from which she graduated magna cum laude.