Francis H. Byrd
Crown Heights - Brooklyn, New York
Francis Byrd is a seasoned Corporate Governance and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) consultant who provides consulting services to private equity firms, publicly traded companies and institutional investors. He advises on governance best practice, senior management/board reporting structures, shareholder engagement, activist defense, proxy voting guidelines and ESG integration. Prior to founding his own firm, Francis was director, Corporate Governance, Investment Stewardship at TIAA, where he was involved in the management and execution of TIAA’s and CREF’s ESG policies and proxy voting related global active equity ownership. He also served in a similar role with the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Treasurer where he was responsible for its ESG proxy voting and ESG integration for the Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds. Earlier, he was a VP on the Corporate Governance Team for Moody’s Investors Service, which provided analysis of governance issues relative to the credit rating process for Moody’s rated issuers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications from Hunter College in New York, and since joining the Carideo Group in 2019 has inspected more than 60 regular and special meetings.