Member Communities

The following groups have been created to allow members to participate in programs specific to their specialty.

If you are interested in participating in a community, please contact the community leader listed below.

Alternative Investments Group
Allen Kim, CFA

  • Focuses on  improving the basic understanding of the types and uses of alternative investments to CFA Charterholders and Candidates, the general investment public, and media
  • Provides an avenue for the exchange of new ideas involving alternative investments
  • Discusses, improves and proactively engages in the debate surrounding the special ethical circumstances that alternative investments often create

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Group
Jeff Kuhlman, CFA
Mary Machado Schammel

  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations are increasingly being integrated into investment analysis. Evaluating how ESG factors potentially affect a company may provide analysts with a broader perspective on the risks and investment opportunities of a company’s securities.
  • Learn about ways in which companies can improve long-term performance by enhancing the value of all corporate stakeholders.
  • Understand how to reduce portfolio risk by looking at factors beyond typical financial metrics.
  • Discuss ways in which one can align their investments with their values.

FinTech Group
Cynthia Harrington, CFA
Karyn Williams, PhD

  • Promotes and fosters opportunities for learning, idea sharing, and networking among our membership and the FinTech community.
  • Members are distinguished practitioners with comprehensive expertise in every corner of finance.
  • Share collective knowledge and practice experience and connect with similarly curious and passionate members of the FinTech community.

Portfolio Management
Charlotte Chamberlain, Ph.D

  • Acquires speakers for CFALA and the Santa Barbara Region that bring experience and insight for managing client portfolios
  • Topics cover a wide range of interests but primarily address asset allocation and macroeconomic concerns

Private Wealth Management Group
Yves-Marc Courtines, CFA

  • An educational forum for professionals associated with the Wealth Management industry
  • Presents the annual Wealth Management Excellence Series with speaking and networking events that touch all aspects of Wealth Management (e.g., Personal Financial Advisory, Capital Market Forecasts, Investments, Trust and Estate Planning, Practice Management, FinTech)

Santa Barbara Region
Falko Hoernicke, CFA

  • A network for financial professionals living in the Santa Barbara and nearby counties
  • Works toward providing educational and networking opportunities for CFA charterholders and other financial professionals

CFALA Women's Group
Arielle Bittoni, CFA
Mariya Entina, CFA
Lisa Fridman, CFA
Analisa Schaaf, CFA

  • Provides a network of CFA charterholders and candidates to provide mentorship and advice
  • Organizes panels, initiates discussion on social networks, mentors CFA candidates, and builds relationships at social events
  • An inclusionary network with the objective of promoting professional support and brand awareness of CFALA through teaming within CFALA and other professional women's organizations

Book Club
CFA Society Los Angeles Society Book Club - BOOK LIST
Don Brown, CFA
Geoff Wainwright, CFA

  • Forum for CFALA members to discuss their interests in books with fellow members
  • Meetings are held every other month
  • Brings in authors for discussion and Q&A sessions
  • Fosters a network where we can exchange interesting ideas and learn from each other


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