Mr. Friedman 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; saving the endangered cheetah; improving access to asthma treatment for low-income children, and supporting education for public school students in the District of Columbia.
Simone Friedman serves as the Executive Director of the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies. She 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. She is an alumna of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.
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 serves on the Boards of Directors for Moishe House, the Hebrew Charter School Center, and GW Hillel, 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.