Thasunda Brown Duckett


Thasunda Brown Duckett is president and chief executive officer of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of secure retirements and outcome- focused investment solutions to millions of people working in higher education, health care, and other mission-driven organizations. She is one of two Black women currently leading a Fortune 500 firm, and just the fourth Black woman to serve as a Fortune 500 CEO. As TIAA’s CEO, Duckett leads a company whose mission is defined by financial inclusion and opportunity—goals and values she has upheld throughout her career. Duckett joined TIAA after serving as chief executive officer of Chase Consumer Banking, where she oversaw a banking network with more than $600 billion in deposits and 50,000 employees. Previously, she was the CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the leading U.S. providers of auto financing, and national retail sales executive for Chase Mortgage Banking, where she managed 4,000 mortgage bankers. Earlier in her career, Duckett was director of emerging markets at Fannie Mae, where she led the implementation of national strategies designed to increase homeownership among Black and Hispanic Americans. She serves on the boards of NIKE, Inc., Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Sesame Workshop, National Medal of Honor Museum, and Economic Club of New York, as well as the University of Houston Board of Visitors and the Dean’s Advisory Board for Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Jack and Jill of America Inc. Duckett founded the Rosie and Otis Brown Foundation, in honor of her parents, to recognize and reward people who use ordinary means to empower and uplift their community in extraordinary ways. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Baylor University.