Janessa Cox-Irvin is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Alliance Bernstein. In this role she partners with the CEO, executive committee and human capital to lead AB’s global D&I strategy, and provides thought leadership on advancing efforts that align with business priorities. Following the 2018 announcement of a Nashville, TN headquarters relocation, Janessa has led the development of a formalized D&I philosophy for Nashville including the creation of the firm’s first Corporate Responsibility framework.

Prior to joining AB in 2015, Cox-Irvin spent 11 years at Deutsche Bank where she served as diversity & inclusion manager for the Americas region responsible for integrating diversity practices within the corporate banking & securities and global transaction banking businesses globally.

Cox-Irvin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in human resource management from Pace University. Cox-Irvin is a mentor with the Step Up Women’s Network and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR).

Janessa resides in Brooklyn, NY with her spouse Lanaya.