Emma Rodriguez-Ayala is an investment management attorney, with a solutions-oriented and business-focused approach to advising clients. She leverages both in-house and private practice perspectives to assist clients their legal, regulatory, and compliance needs, including advising on complex alternative investment structuring, coordinating offerings for private funds, negotiating investments in private funds, performing legal and compliance due diligence on private funds and investment advisers, and developing compliance programs.
Previously, she was the General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., at the time, one of the largest funds-of-hedge funds managers worldwide. She was a member of Mesirow’s Executive and Operating Committees, and served as an interested director on the boards of over a dozen of Mesirow's investment funds. Emma began her legal career at Sidley Austin LLP’s Investment Fund, Advisers, and Derivatives practice.
Emma speaks nationally on a variety of topics impacting the investment management industry and on issues related to the development, promotion and retention of women and people of color within corporate America. She has been named as a Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council and a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, which recognizes individuals who currently serve or are ready to serve as board directors for Fortune 1,000 companies.
Emma is the Chicago Chapter President for the Association of Latino Professional for America, overseeing a team volunteers supporting over 6,500 members across Chicagoland. She is a member of the Chicago board of directors of iMentor, a nationwide organization that builds mentoring relationships to empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school and succeed in college. She is a member of the Private Directors Association.
Emma received a B.S. summa cum laude from Saint Louis University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Chicago’s Loop with her husband (Eric), son (Lincoln), and neurotic mini-dachshund (George).