Jess Akamine

Compliance Specialist
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Jess serves as Adasina’s Compliance Specialist, supporting and implementing all compliance initiatives across the firm. They bring over a decade of industry experience in regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, and process optimization. Jess believes financial markets and institutions wield a tremendous amount of untapped potential to effect social change through their investment strategies, which is squandered in a relentless chase for returns. Jess has joined our team at Adasina after a long hunt for an organization that doesn’t compromise on the values they aim to protect in their mission.

Prior to joining Adasina, Jess managed a Derivatives Legal and Compliance Team at a global asset management firm in which they led the implementation of several major regulatory initiatives, including the Dodd Frank Protocols and the Uncleared Margin Rules. Jess is a keen and attentive analyst of the law and an expert manager of highly technical projects, ready to take on the greatest legal and compliance challenges facing this growing firm.

In their personal life, Jess is an avid and ambitious rock climber – a sport that they believe is an apt metaphor for all of life’s triumphs and pitfalls. Jess also loves to snowboard, hike with her dog, Eliot, cook elaborate meals and drink herbal teas by a fire.