Name: Tulsi Byrne
Degree: M.A. program in International Affairs
Year Graduated: 2015
Career: Gender Rights
Title: Responsible Investment Team at Nuveen, New York, NY
Tulsi Byrne came to The New School looking for a career change in which she could apply her international development interest in a finance context. While at the New School Byrne worked on data project at the UN Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. This role, which started as an internship, turned into a full-time job where she stayed for more than five years. Recently, Byrne made the transition from the UN Global Compact to work on the Responsible Investing team at Nuveen, an asset management company. In her new role, she helps the firm integrate environmental, social and governance issues into investment decisions.
What brought you to The New School? What was your professional and educational background before you came?
I came to The New School looking for a career change in which I could apply my international development interest in a business context. Prior to starting at the New School, I was working in compliance for an international financial services firm. My responsibilities included ensuring wealth management branches were complying with regulatory requirements and assessing the suitability of investment strategies for client needs. Prior to this role, I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in International Relations and Economics, hence my interest in going back to graduate school in the discipline.
What are the most important things you learned through your program? How did what you learned translate into the work you did after graduation?
The most important things I learned during my time at Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs International Affairs (SGPIA) include the hard skills that I acquired through my statistics and economics courses as well as the refinement to my writing skills in the intensive research seminars. From a content perspective, the classes I took on human rights, natural resources, gender, and corporate sustainability provided strong theoretical frameworks that I could apply to my job at the UN Global Compact and beyond.
While at The New School I took a data visualization class and used the skills I learned to lead a data project at my job the UN Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. This role, which started as an internship, turned into a full-time job where I stayed for more than five years. Given my role at the UN Global Compact which requires drafting and developing thought leadership pieces, the writing skills I gained at The New School continue to be extremely valuable.
What is your current position? How did your program at The New School prepare you for it?
Recently, I made the transition from the UN Global Compact to work on the Responsible Investing team at Nuveen, an asset management company. In this role, which combines my previous experience in financial services and sustainability (the UN Global Compact is the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative), I help the firm integrate environmental, social and governance issues into investment decisions. My experience at the UN Global Compact, which benefited greatly from the skills I was developing in parallel at The New School, prepared me for this new role.