Curtiss Jacobs

Candidate for Chairman

Curtiss Jacobs is the Head of Consumer Product Risk Governance at Citibank, the consumer division of financial services multinational Citigroup, with 2,649 branches in 19 countries across the globe, this is his second stint at the global banking giant.

Prior to rejoining Citigroup, Curtiss was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Uptown Advisory Group LLC (UAG), a boutique managing consultancy based in NYC. Curtiss has spent 25 years working in the financial services sector, holding a number of senior leadership roles driving global change and transformation efforts at organizations such as AIG, Pitney Bowes, the Bank of America. Over the course of his career, he has developed and implemented transformation strategies that have improved growth, organizational efficiency and effectiveness, while mitigating risk globally, leading to over $3B in financial impact.

Prior to beginning his career on Wall Street, Curtiss was a successful fashion and celebrity photographer, honing his skills while working as a full time assistant under legendary photographers Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz. Curtiss continued his commitment to the arts in 2009 by opening the doors to Renaissance Fine Art of Harlem (since rebranded Curtiss Jacobs Gallery), with a mission of providing exhibition and curatorial opportunities to those from underserved communities.

Curtiss is committed to service, currently he is a Nationally elected board director, One Hundred Black Men of America, a half-century old mentoring and leadership development organization supporting underserved communities across the U.S., UK and the Caribbean. He is also the past board chairman of World of Money, a not for profit whose mission is to empower youth with a sound financial education in the New York City Tri-State area, and a board advisor for Project Art a not for profit empowering youth, emerging artists, and communities through partnerships with public libraries in eight cities from coast to coast.

Curtiss earned a BS in Management and Communications from Adelphi University, where he now serves on the President’s Advisory Council. He holds an MBA in International Business from Northeastern University in Boston.

Curtiss is an executive coach, public speaker, and lecturer on corporate career navigation, entrepreneurship, matters of equity, diversity and inclusion.