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Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Emma's Expertise

Emma is Ariel’s General Counsel, overseeing the legal, compliance and risk functions for all of the firm’s entities. She is also a member of Ariel’s Operating Committee and serves as Secretary to the firm’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining the firm in 2023, Emma was the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Board Secretary of LGIM America, leading the risk, compliance, legal and governance functions. There, she was also a member of the Executive Committee. Earlier in her career, Emma was a partner at law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and served in other in-house and private practice roles.

Emma is an independent director of First Bank Chicago. She also serves on the boards of Chicago television station WTTW and Angeles Investors, a Latino-focused angel investing group. She is also a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association. A native of Puerto Rico, Emma graduated with a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Saint Louis University.