Aicha Balla Board Chair (Vice President, RBC Capital Markets; Former Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Board)
Aicha Balla graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics in 1999. Upon graduation, she joined JPM Chase as a Global Markets Analyst in Capital Markets. After spending 18 months in the Financial Institutional Origination group, she moved into a sales role within the Institutional Fixed Income team. She quickly became one of the top producers by developing and maintaining top tier investor relationships from 2001-2014. In 2015, she decided to take a step back from sales and joined the Human Resources team at JPM. In this role, she was responsible for developing strategies for hiring diverse talent across the Corporate & Investment Bank in the Investment Banking, Treasury Services, Global Corporate Bank, Markets and Investor Services businesses globally. She was instrumental at increasing hiring numbers across people of color, veterans, people with disabilities and female talent within those divisions. Aicha was involved in several business resource groups at JPM including Women on the Move, BOLD, Adelante, Black Leadership Forum and Women in Investment Banking.
Aicha has been with RBC since 2019 in the capital markets fixed income sales role. Aicha serves as the Co-Chair of the Multi-Ethnic Employee Alliance at RBC furthering the careers of ethnically diverse talent at the bank. She is also the Co-Chair of the client engagement segment of RWomen, a business resource group supporting the advancement of female talent on Wall Street. In addition, she is heavily involved in the recruitment of diverse talent at the firm, sharing in her gained knowledge and expertise of diverse hiring strategies, and has served as mentor to a host of junior talent.
Aicha is very passionate around volunteerism and giving back to her community. She first became involved with RTC in September of 2015. In late 2016, she joined the Strategic Advisory Board Co-Chair and now serves as a Board of Directors member since 2019.
Aicha is also a longtime supporter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House, St Jude’s, Word Vision, Plan International, Children’s International and Save the Children.
In her free time, Aicha enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Click here to learn more about Aicha, Rising Tide Capital’s 2019-2020 Annual Report