Rekha Unnithan, CFA, CIMA

TIAA Investments

Rekha Unnithan is a Director and Impact Investing Portfolio Manager at TIAA Investments. Her responsibilities include determining TIAA’s Impact Investment strategy across sectors, asset classes, and regions. She originates and underwrites new deals and manages impact investments to execute TIAA’s commitment across thematic areas of Affordable Housing, Inclusive Finance and Community & Economic Development. She oversees a multi-asset class impact investing portfolio which includes private equity, private real estate, mortgages and fund investments. 

Ms. Unnithan joined the TIAA organization in 2012. As part of her role, she served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, 


housed within the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment initiative from 2014-2016. Prior to joining TIAA, she worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Vice President in their Institutional Investment Group. She has also held various positions at Merrill Lynch in Institutional Investments, and Investment Oversight and Risk Management. Ms. Unnithan holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Financial Instruments & Markets, and Social Innovation & Impact from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, and a Certified Investment Management analyst (CIMA®).