Mesirow Financial Expands Its Public Finance Group with Three New Hires

CHICAGO, November 17, 2016Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that the firm has expanded its Public Finance group with the addition of three new team members. Spencer Mishelow joins as a vice president, while Nekesa Josey and Blase Monahan join as an associate and senior analyst, respectively. Based in Chicago, all three professionals bring to the firm significant experience working with municipal clients.

Joining Mesirow Financial from City Securities Corporation, Spencer focuses on expanding the firm’s presence in the state of Indiana and across the Midwest. At City Securities Corporation, he focused on providing investment banking and analytical services to various types of public entities. Spencer’s previous experience also includes working for the City of Bloomington, Indiana, in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development as well as the Office of the Mayor. He holds a degree in Public Financial Management from Indiana University.

Nekesa joins Mesirow Financial from the City of Chicago, where she worked in a variety of roles, including positions with the City Council’s Committee on Budget and Government Operations, and Committee on Finance. She serves in a multifunctional role by providing quantitative analysis and execution support for municipal clients. Nekesa has a BA in Political Science and pursued post graduate studies at the University of Chicago.

Blase, who recently earned his MBA at the University of Notre Dame, serves in a multifunctional role by providing quantitative analysis and execution support for municipal clients. He previously worked at NAI Ohio Equities, where he advised clients on potential profitability of commercial real estate investments, as well as at J.P. Morgan and Lawrence, Evans & Co. Blase earned a BS in Finance from The Ohio State University.

“This is an exciting time for the firm and for the Public Finance group in particular, as we continue to grow our team and expand our capabilities,” said Todd Waldrop, head of Mesirow Financial’s Public Finance group. “The additions of Spencer, Blase and Nekesa are instrumental to our continued commitment to public finance and serving our clients at the highest level.”

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