Mr. Friedman, a securities industry professional with more than 40 years of capital markets and asset management experience, co-founded EJF Capital LLC in September 2005. EJF Capital is an investment management firm based in Arlington, Virginia.
He is also a founder and the former Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., now known as Arlington Asset Investment Corp. and FBR Capital Markets (“FBR”). Throughout the 1990s, Mr. Friedman was active in building out FBR’s alternative asset management platform. In April 1998, Mr. Friedman was awarded the CEO of the Year Award by George Washington University.
Mr. Friedman began his career in 1973 at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. He received his BA in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from Georgetown University.
Mr. Friedman has been a committed philanthropist for many years. He established Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies to serve as the umbrella for his personal giving and for portions of the giving of his family foundations. Managed by Simone Friedman, EJF Philanthropies supports organizations that are active in his core areas of interest: creating vibrant Jewish life; promoting compassion for animals; improving access to asthma treatment for low-income children; and increasing opportunities for students of the District of Columbia’s public schools.
Simone Friedman serves as the Head of Philanthropy for Emanuel J Friedman Philanthropies, where she oversees grantmaking, strategic planning, and establishing collaborative partnerships. She frequently hosts events and speaks at conferences about her family’s philanthropic approach, which places a strong emphasis on creating collaborations with other philanthropists and foundations within mutual areas of funding interest.
Prior to her involvement with EJF Philanthropies, Simone founded and later sold Metrics Group, a company that analyzed innovation using proprietary software to identify trends in patenting. Clients included Fortune 500 companies, large research universities, government agencies, law firms, and major consulting firms. Simone holds a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning degree with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1995.
Simone serves on the national Boards of Directors for Moishe House and the Hebrew Charter School Center, and on the Advisory Boards for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. and the George Mason University Film and Video Studies program in Fairfax, Virginia. She has a personal interest in effective altruism and outcomes-focused philanthropy.
Rachel Giattino serves as a Program Officer for Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Delaware, where she studied International Relations and History, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Before joining EJF Philanthropies, Rachel served as the Senior Associate for Leadership & Engagement at Hillel at The George Washington University and was a Hillel International Ezra Fellow. Prior to Hillel, Rachel was the first ever Director of Gather the Jews.