Manhattan West says it has promoted Angie Spielman to the newly created position of founding partner.

Spielman, who is also an advisor at the registered investment advisor firm, focuses on helping women build generational wealth and become financially independent — particularly those who have had a liquidity event such as a divorce, the passing of a spouse or a business sale, according to Manhattan West.

Spielman grew up in Panama and moved to the U.S. at the age of 15, according to the firm.

“Where I grew up in Latin America, the patriarch typically assumes the role of managing finances for their family, but I grew up seeing my mother manage our family’s finances, inspiring me from an early age to take ownership of my financial health,” Spielman said in a statement.

“It is my passion to listen to and to guide women through financial literacy and education as their trusted advisor, helping them navigate the complexities of life events. I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to use my skillset and experience to uplift women, empowering them to live their best financial lives every day at Manhattan West," she added.

Spielman provides wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals and families, corporations and nonprofit institutions, according to Manhattan West.

Spielman, along with Manhattan West chief executive officer and founding principal Lorenzo Esparza, broke away from JPMorgan to launch the firm in 2016, Manhattan West says.

Before joining Manhattan West, Spielman worked in the commercial banking division at Bank of America and JPMorgan, according to Manhattan West. She has also worked at JPMorgan Asset Management, according to Manhattan West.

“Manhattan West wouldn’t be where we are today without Angie. She has been an integral contributor to our growth and a fantastic partner from day one,” Esparza said in a statement. “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I cannot think of anyone more deserving to be acknowledged for her commitment to the financial success of women than Angie. She is truly a role model for everyone and anyone pursuing a career in financial services.”

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