Alexandra Lebenthal is the President and CEO of Lebenthal & Company and its multi family office Alexandra & James. She comes from a storied Wall Street family. Her grandparents, Louis and Sayra Lebenthal, founded Lebenthal & Co., Inc, a municipal bond specialist, in 1925. Her grandmother worked until age 93. She followed her father, James Lebenthal, as the company spokesperson. She joined Lebenthal in 1988 and became President and CEO in 1995 at the age of 31. Ms Lebenthal remained at the firm for four years after its sale, leaving in 2005 before starting anew in 2006.
This new venture is the second chapter of the Lebenthal family and in addition to Municipal Bonds also has as its primary focus a “Multi Family Office” which acts as a personal CFO for the “Lost Affluent™”, investors with $2 million to $20 million in assets.
As a recognizable woman on Wall Street she is a frequent commentator on television and makes frequent appearances in the media.
Professional involvement includes acting as a director of Broadridge Financial Solutions. She is also the treasurer of The Securities Industry Financial Markets Organization (SIFMA), Ms. Lebenthal is a member of The Committee of 200, a leading organization for female businesswomen. She is also actively involved with several leading New York cultural institutions including Board member of The School of American Ballet, Business Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, Gala Chair for The 2009 Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Association Gala, and Co-Chair of the Botanical Garden Winter Wonderland Ball as well as a member of its Advisory Council.
Ms. Lebenthal is also a contributing editor for www.NewYorkSocialDiary.com and has written her first novel “Recessionistas”, due in August 2010 from Grand Central Books.
A passionate supporter of women in business in 1999 she was named one of New York’s 100 most influential women by Crain’s New York Business and one of the top 50 Women in Wealth Management in 2009 by Wealth Manager Magazine.
She is also the Co-founder and current board member of “The Women’s Executive Circle,” a group of high-profile Jewish Women that mentor other women under the auspices of United Jewish Appeal.
A graduate of Princeton University in 1986, with an A.B. in history, Ms. Lebenthal began her career in the municipal bond department at Kidder Peabody Inc.
Ms. Lebenthal lives in New York City with her husband, Jay Diamond and their children, Benjamin, Charlotte and Eleanor.