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MFA Announces Raffi Williams as Vice President of Communications

Bryan Corbett: “He will be a tremendous asset for MFA as we work to communicate the value of the alternative asset management industry for institutional investors, including pensions, foundations, and endowments, and their beneficiaries.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the hedge fund and global alternative asset management industry, today announced Raffi Williams as MFA’s Vice President of Communications. Williams joins MFA from Edelman Smithfield, where he served as Vice President in the financial communications team. 

In this role, Williams will work to advance MFA’s agenda on key policy issues and educate the public about the value of the hedge fund and alternative asset management industry. 

“Raffi brings a wealth of experience in developing and executing communication strategies for the financial services industry and in government,” said Noah Theran, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global External Affairs at MFA. “Raffi will play a vital role in helping us educate policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the value of the alternative asset management industry for investors and markets.”

Raffi joins MFA from Edelman Smithfield, a financial communications practice within Edelman, the world’s largest PR company. At Edelman Smithfield, he developed and executed communications strategies for financial services companies and trade associations. Prior to Edelman Smithfield, Raffi served as the Acting Director of Communications for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has also worked on Capitol Hill and for political campaigns. In 2015, he was named to Forbes “30 Under 30.” 

“Raffi joins us at a pivotal time for MFA and the industry,” said Bryan Corbett, President and CEO of MFA. “He will be a tremendous asset for MFA as we work to communicate the value of the alternative asset management industry for institutional investors, including pensions, foundations, and endowments, and their beneficiaries. We are thrilled to have him on our talented communications team.” 

About the Global Hedge Fund and Alternative Asset Management Industry

The global hedge fund and alternative asset management industry, including hedge funds, credit, managed futures, and hybrid funds that invest in private companies, has assets under management of $4.3 trillion (Q3 2021). The industry serves thousands of public and private pension funds, charitable endowments, foundations, sovereign governments, and other global institutional investors by providing portfolio diversification and risk-adjusted returns to help meet their funding obligations and return targets.

About the Managed Funds Association

Managed Funds Association (MFA), based in Washington, DC, New York, and Brussels, represents the global alternative asset management industry. MFA’s mission is to advance the ability of alternative asset managers to raise capital, invest, and generate returns for their beneficiaries. MFA advocates on behalf of its membership and convenes stakeholders to address global regulatory, operational, and business issues. MFA has more than 150 member firms, including traditional hedge funds, crossover funds, and private credit funds, that collectively manage nearly $2.6 trillion across a diverse group of investment strategies. Member firms help pension plans, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns over time.

www.managedfunds.org.