Title: Vice President
Firm: Morgan Stanley
Rob Feigenson joined Morgan Stanley in January 2014 after previously working at JPMorgan from 2000 to 2003, Bank of America from 2003 to 2009, and First Southwest/Hilltop Securities from 2010 to 2013. His specialty is higher education and nonprofit 501(c)(3) borrowers.
About 80% of his work is in higher education, with clients including Johnson & Wales University, Chaminade University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He recently worked with Marymount University in northern Virginia on redevelopment of its Ballston Campus, helping the university monetize its most valuable asset through the construction of a private residential high-rise next to a new multi-story academic building.
On the nonprofit and cultural end, Rob’s clients have ranged from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Academy of Sciences in Washington to the Guggenheim Museum and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation in Manhattan. Others have included the National Wildlife Foundation, the National Jewish Federation Bond Program, the Public Broadcasting Service and the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
“I think there is some social impact that is absolutely gratifying and it does make coming to work every day enjoyable,’’ Rob said. “I did sort of get into it with a do-gooder mentality.’’
Rob and his brother established a program in the Judaic Studies department at Fairfield University in Connecticut to honor their late mother, who taught English literature and creative writing at the university for more than 20 years. She died in 2011. He also serves on a Fairfield University volunteer advisory board.
Additionally, Rob is a founder of Nova Sports Group, a global sports representation agency for professional soccer players and soccer clubs. Day-to-day operations are handled by an employee. Rob played soccer in high school and still plays year-round as co-captain of a men’s team in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two dogs. He says he loved Washington even before his undergraduate days at Georgetown University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government.
“The thing that impresses me most about Rob is not his financial acumen, but his passion for serving our institution and feeling that he truly understands our mission and is part of the team. He treated our project with great care for Marymount, not just his bottom line. Something that I think is lacking in many today.” Matt Shank, president of Marymount University