Maura Cunningham

Founder & CEO
Rock The Street, Wall Street

Maura is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Rock The Street, Wall Street - a financial literacy program designed to spark high school girls’ interest in pursuing finance careers. After spending 25+ years in the financial industry, Maura was eager to turn her attention to getting more girls interested in their financial independence and introduce them to careers in finance.

Since its inception in 2013, more than 1,750 girls across the U.S. have graduated from the year-long program that includes classroom financial hands-on project workshops, a “Wall Street” experience field trip, and a mentorship program. Every single classroom instructor and mentor are female financial professionals who volunteer to lead the Rock the Street, Wall Street programs, and are instrumental in shaping girls’ perceptions of finance careers. If they can see it, they can be it. Today, the program is in 28 high schools across 15 cities.

Born and raised in NYC, Maura’s financial career started on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch. She worked in a variety of roles throughout the industry, including real estate syndication, unit investment trusts, taxable fixed income capital markets, and built a successful practice advising high net-worth families on family business succession. She keeps current with the markets by trading index options.

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