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Silver Presents at AIMA’s 2024 ESG Event

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Meet the Team

  • Trysha Daskam-Smith
    Trysha Daskam-Smith
    Managing Director & Head of ESG Strategy
  • Jarod Riedl
    Jarod Riedl
    ESG Manager
  • Jennifer McElwain
    Jennifer McElwain
    ESG Manager
  • Michael Pizzani
    Michael Pizzani
    ESG, Analyst
Trysha Daskam-Smith
Managing Director & Head of ESG Strategy

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A seasoned sustainability practitioner and expert in policy writing and implementation of regulatory controls, Trysha Daskam-Smith advises investment firms on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and regulatory compliance. She specializes in interpreting the impact of global regulation on a firm’s ESG efforts and regulatory compliance program.

Trysha’s interest in ESG began during her graduate work building financial models that showed the social and financial returns of investment in international health initiatives. Bringing this experience to the financial services industry, Trysha develops and advises on investment firm ESG programs (including ESG policies and procedures), helps firms respond to investors’ ESG questions and designs their ESG reporting processes.

Prior to joining Silver, Trysha was a Vice President for U.S. Compliance Consulting at Duff & Phelps, where she served as a global point person addressing ESG issues and completing ESG projects for a wide base of clients across various industry sectors. Trysha also worked with CounselWorks clients on all aspects of their regulatory compliance programs. Trysha developed her in-house perspective at Universa Investments, as part of the team managing the firm’s business operations and was involved in both mock and actual SEC exams.

A frequent speaker and commentator on a wide range of ESG topics related to the investment management industry, Trysha is an officer of the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council and a member of the GWU Board of ESG Ambassadors. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Denver and a Master’s of Public Health from The George Washington University where she dually concentrated on International Economics and Global Health Policy.

Trysha holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Jarod Riedl
ESG Manager

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Leveraging experience in analyzing and managing environmental, regulatory and legislative risk, Jarod Riedl advises Silver clients on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and regulatory compliance issues.

Prior to joining Silver, Jarod was at Woodbridge International, a mid-market sell-side advisory firm. At Woodbridge, he was responsible for evaluating environmental and regulatory impact on client companies. Previously, Jarod worked at the Connecticut Group, a government relations and legislative research firm. There, he helped identify, research and mitigate legislative risks to a variety of financial, energy and technology firms.

Jarod received a M.S. in Financial Risk Management, as well as Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His academic work focused on econometric analysis and sustainability issues. He also minored in Analytics and was a four-year letter winner for UConn’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Team. Jarod holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Jennifer McElwain
ESG Manager

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Utilizing extensive experience in environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence and portfolio oversight, Jennifer McElwain advises Silver clients on ESG and sustainability policy and reporting, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) plans.

Prior to joining Silver, Jennifer was the ESG Lead Consultant with ACA Group, a regulatory consulting firm, where she directed ESG program management for firms in the financial services sector, including hedge funds, private equity firms and asset managers.  While at ACA, Jennifer created and customized ESG and DE&I policies, due diligence questionnaires and ESG marketing materials, as well as other ESG initiatives. Jennifer also developed disclosures and provided reporting guidance with respect to the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI) and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), among others.

Jennifer received an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Jennifer’s academic work focused heavily on environmental analysis and performance measurement, in addition to environmental policymaking and policy analysis.

Michael Pizzani
ESG, Analyst

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As an Analyst on Silver’s ESG team, Michael advises the firm’s clients on the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance concerns.

Prior to joining Silver in January 2024, Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern University, Michael worked at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, specializing in grant funding to cleantech incubators; and at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on internal global learning and development.

Michael is ESG Certified by Bloomberg, a certification focused on implementing ESG strategies and preparing ESG reports through the lens of a buy-side asset management firm, with areas of study including: fixed income and equities ESG integration; shareholder activism and corporate governance; and reporting sustainability activities