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 and his wife, Kindy French, established Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving in their core areas of interest, through personal giving and from their family foundations.
Kindy French has been a committed philanthropist for many years. In 1993, she and Emanuel Friedman established the Friedman-French Foundation, now under the Emanuel J Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) umbrella, as a vehicle for funding causes they wished to support. A resident of Washington, DC for most of her life and a triathlete for more than 15 years, she has devoted a great deal of time to philanthropy in her core areas of interest: veterinary science, animal welfare, and maintaining parks and outdoor spaces in the nation’s capital. Her lifelong passion for animals, nature, and science have been major influences on her charitable giving.
Kindy believes collaboration is an important tool in effective philanthropy, and encourages organizations she supports which have similar goals to communicate with each other. In a number of instances this approach has led to collaborations and yielded some unexpected and important results.
In 2014, Kindy began a series of international conservation grants, partially in response to the African elephant crisis caused by the illegal ivory trade. This has since become a primary funding area. As a result, EJF/P has become one of the few private donors supporting innovative initiatives to:
· Provide direct protection to wildlife
· Stop the illegal trade of endangered species
· End demand for wildlife and wildlife products, (i.e. the pangolin, rhino horn, ivory, etc.), in consumer nations – including China, Thailand and the U.S.
Closer to home, Kindy focuses on historic preservation, trees, and parks in Washington. She is president of the Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association, and sits on the board of Friends of Mitchell Park.
Simone Friedman serves as the Head of Philanthropy and Impact Investment for EJF Philanthropies. 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 with mutual areas of funding interest.
Prior to her involvement with EJF Philanthropies, Simone founded and later sold Metrics Group, an analytics company that used 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 Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the George Washington University, which she attended on an academic honor scholarship, and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning degree, with a concentration in Policy Analysis, from the University of Virginia.
Simone serves on the advisory board for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., and as an Ambassador for the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE program, which saves animals that are evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered. She has a personal interest in impact investing, effective altruism, and networked philanthropy.