Evan LeFlore '06
What is your current job?
I will be working as an Associate at Promontory Financial Group in their New York City office.
Why did you choose this profession?
I just completed my graduate education at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Prior to graduate school I spent four years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where I learned about my passion for financial regulatory policy. During my summers at school, I interned at the (Central) Bank of Tanzania and the United States Treasury. As much as I enjoyed my experiences in the public sector, I was looking to graduate into a position that provided exposure to the impact of financial reform from the viewpoint of the private sector.
I was fortunate to find such a position at the Promontory Financial Group, currently the leader in the world of financial regulatory consulting. Founded by Haverford alum and former Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig, Promontory brings together a strong group of seasoned former regulators and private-sector practitioners to answer significant questions about the impact of impending financial policy changes. I am excited to join Promontory this fall and to be at the forefront of the ever-changing face of financial reform.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
My passion for financial regulatory policy will likely lead to me returning to the public sector in some capacity at some point in my career—possibly at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, or an international regulatory body.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
The decision to go back to graduate school was not a difficult one, given that I knew the benefit of having a masters in preparing me to better learn the ins and outs of financial regulatory policy. However, what was less clear was whether it made sense to pursue an MBA, a Masters in Public Affairs/Policy, or both. Given the complementary nature of the degrees it made sense for me to apply to both types of masters programs. I was fortunate enough to get in to the programs of my dreams, and the academic education, personal connections, and exposure to the world strongly influenced my commitment to my career goals as well as the ability to obtain my post-graduate job.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
Haverford endowed me with an education, sense of self, and community that helped me hone my understanding of the impact I want to have in the world. This understanding led me to search for jobs that had a macro-level impact through economic policy, and Haverford provided the network that brought me to my first job at the New York Fed. I continue to keep in touch with Haverford folks and am consistently amazed at the type of work they are doing—work that inspires me to strive for greatness in my own professional endeavors.