Rhonda Bird

Chair, Board of Trustees

As founder and managing director of The Aspen Group (London, UK), a financial advisory firm providing capital markets training and portfolio management and derivative advisor, Rhonda skillfully provided services to European bank training programs and executive recruitment professionals.  


After establishing herself in the London market, Rhonda expatriated with her husband to the Netherlands (where her twin boys were born). She returned to UK eight years later, only to move again (to the USA) having been “home” in England for only three years. Rhonda is well experienced in navigating international school systems, as her boys have always attended local schools in the countries in which they lived.


Prior to launching the Aspen Group, Rhonda was Vice President - Financial Engineering for ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (New York and Chicago), where she worked with Fortune 500 finance executives in global liability structuring & hedging, as well as asset hedging, using cash and derivative products in foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity markets. She also worked with large scale US asset managers devising asset structures to meet portfolio needs. Preceding her decade with ABN AMRO, Rhonda worked for three years at both Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers Inc. in non-dollar and corporate fixed income sales.


Previous to her work in finance, Rhonda held legislative staff positions in both the US House of Representatives and US Senate in Washington D.C. (both sides of the aisle), in addition to working on two presidential campaigns in press, as well as fund raising capacities.


Rhonda holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Michigan State University.  She is married, and has two children who attended Talcott Mountain Academy. She is actively involved in her children’s education.