Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments, where she also serves as chair of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. She is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education and is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets, and economic trends for CBS News. Ms. Hobson also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and writes a regular column for Black Enterprise magazine. She is chair of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., and is a director of Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Ms. Hobson also serves as chair of After School Matters and is a board member of the Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. Ms. Hobson holds an AB degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy at Princeton University and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California.