STACY GILSTRAP-PIÑA '88
ARA Board Executive Committee
Director, The Bank of New York Mellon
New York, NY
BA 1988, Rice University
MBA 2004, Columbia University
ARA Board term ends: 2018
Stacy Gilstrap-Piña works at GFS Investments where she is responsible for sourcing international deals and equity investments. Projects include creating a banking presence for the unbanked and underbanked in the UAE and transacting strategic global acquisitions. She was a Senior Innovation Strategist at the IBM Watson Research Center in Financial Services & Smarter Risk. Her Research team developed analytic solutions by creating data driven models to mitigate banking transactional risk and analyze transactions near real time. She has authored several papers around analytics within Wealth Management and introduced key technology-enabled business functions for Research development. Her research also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis on the global Investment Management Industry across institutional investors and providers, including: multi-class asset allocation patterns, performance analysis, alpha production, fee structures and country analysis of economic growth.
Prior, Ms. Gilstrap-Piña was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch managing initiatives as part of a federal savings bank launch and platform development of commercial/consumer bank and cash management products through Advisory distribution channels. Ms. Gilstrap-Piña began her finance career as an Equity Research Analyst at Gabelli Asset Management, Inc.
Prior to finance, Ms. Gilstrap-Piña held leadership roles at Eastman Kodak where she developed hybrid traditional and digital imaging technologies for Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and European markets.
Ms. Gilstrap-Piña’s specialties include academic research, financial modeling/analysis, business model development, corporate valuation, competitive landscape and industry analysis, deal execution, project management and negotiations.
Ms. Gilstrap-Piña holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University and a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
What have you found to be most rewarding about serving on the ARA Board?
Having this shared experience with other enthusiastic Rice alums of working together on initiatives that impact and are important to our alumni community. This includes engaging with the administration, students and staff and learning about what is happening on campus.
What is your favorite “Only at Rice” memory or story?
My favorite memory is when the student body voted a refrigerator as Homecoming Queen. An "Only at Rice" classic!
If you could give one piece of advice to Rice students, what would it be?
Rice has amazing people and offers such a broad variety of incredible opportunities. Take time to explore outside of your familiar zone and embrace its diversity to the fullest.