Joan A. Payden, CFA®

President and CEO, Payden & Rygel

Joan Payden, CFA®, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm she founded in 1983.

Payden has overseen the firm’s international expansion and its growth to more than $105 billion in assets under management. In 1992 the firm launched Payden & Rygel Investment Group, a family of mutual funds, of which she is chairman and chief executive officer. Subsequently many of these strategies were duplicated in UCITS funds domiciled in Ireland. In 1998 Payden & Rygel Global Ltd. was founded in London. At the same time, the firm established Metzler/Payden LLC, its joint venture with Metzler Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank. She is a member of the Payden & Rygel Investment Policy Committee and serves as chairman of the board.

Prior to founding Payden & Rygel, Joan Payden was managing director of West Coast operations for Scudder, Stevens & Clark as a national partner of the firm.

She serves on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Anderson School, and is a Trustee of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. She is also a Board member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the California Chamber of Commerce, and Town Hall.  She is past chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America.

Joan Payden holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and earned a BA from Trinity College in Mathematics and Physics.