Melissa Bean is president and CEO of Mesirow Financial Wealth Advisors. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic initiatives that drive the growth of our wealth management business. This includes focusing on a broad range of strategic, operational and financial issues resulting in our clients achieving their best possible outcomes. As a member of Mesirow Financials' Board of Directors, she contributes to developing and overseeing the strategic direction of the firm.
Previous to joining Mesirow in 2019, Melissa was vice chairman and chairman, Midwest, for JPMorgan Chase, serving as senior market executive across all lines of business (Commercial Bank, Investment Bank, Asset Wealth Management, and Consumer Bank), strengthening client and community relationships, brand building, and assisting with government relations in the Midwest and DC.
Prior experience includes leading the Executives’ Club of Chicago as president and CEO, and serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she was known in Congress, the White House, and the business community as a "go to" non-partisan leader for practical policy solutions. She represented Illinois' Eighth District of Illinois in the House from 2005 through 2011, serving as a leader on the House Financial Services and Small Business Committees. She was vice chair of the NDC, a pro-growth coalition committed to trade promotion, global competitiveness, and STEM education.
Melissa led the task force that wrote key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, to protect investors without stifling market growth and innovation. She wrote the SAFER Net Internet child safety bill and key business tax relief provisions signed into law by President Bush and co-authored key amendments in the Recovery Act and the 2010 Small Business Lending Act, both signed into law by President Obama.
Melissa has been active on local boards to promote inclusive growth and opportunity across all neighborhoods of Chicago. She serves on the boards of One Million Degrees, Junior Achievement, and World Business Chicago, is a Trustee of the Chicago Community Trust, and is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, The Chicago Network, and The Chicago Club. She regularly keynotes at business, academic, and client conferences, and has been included in Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2018 and 2015 List of Chicago’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business and, Make it Better Magazine’s 2017 and 2018 List of Chicago’s 25 Most Influential Women.
Melissa earned her BA in Political Science and her DHL, Honoris Causa, from Roosevelt University.