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John Oxtoby

Senior Vice President, Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing

John's Expertise

John is responsible for leading ESG research and portfolio company engagement for Ariel’s domestic equity team and sits on the investment committee. John serves on the part-time faculty at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy where he co-teaches a class on ESG and impact investing. John speaks publicly on sustainability issues, including appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg Green and other national media outlets. Prior to joining Ariel, John served in the Obama-Biden White House as associate director of the President’s Jobs Council, a CEO-led advisory council focused on growing the clean energy economy and expanding workforce training. He also worked as a special assistant in the White House Office of Public Engagement and as an aide to the chairman of the council of economic advisers. Beyond Ariel, John serves on the board of directors of Hyde Park Art Center and Lincoln Park Zoo, as well as the investment committee of Leadership Greater Chicago. John is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. In 2022, John was honored as one of Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 and in 2023, he was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago 2023 Notable Leaders in Sustainability. John graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential administered by SASB and the Sustainability and Climate Risk certification administered by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).