Ariel Investments Taps Adam Hodge to Lead External Affairs

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ariel Investments, LLC today announced that the firm has tapped Adam Hodge to serve as senior vice president for External Affairs. He joins Ariel from SKDKnickerbocker, a public affairs firm based in Washington, where he provided strategic counsel to a range of corporate and non-profit clients. Adam will start on Tuesday, September 3rd.

“Adam is a remarkable talent who has counseled leaders at the highest levels in government and the private sector over the course of his career,” said Ariel Investments founder, chairman and Co-CEO John W. Rogers, Jr. “His unique skill set and strong values are a perfect addition to Ariel and we are delighted to welcome him to our firm.”

Before joining SKDKnickerbocker, Adam was the communications director at the Democratic National Committee and also served as the U.S. Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for Public Affairs. In that role, he advised Secretary Jack Lew and senior Treasury officials while leading strategic communications efforts for several domestic finance issues. His portfolio focused on regulation of financial markets, Treasury’s financial crisis investment portfolio, including the IPO General Motors, and housing finance reform issues. Earlier in his career, Adam served as the press secretary for House Majority Whip James Clyburn and in the office of former Senator Chris Dodd.

“I am thrilled to join the incredible Ariel team whose philosophy is a beacon to investment firms around the world,” said Adam Hodge. “John Rogers and Mellody Hobson are two industry pioneers who I have admired for some time. They are backed by remarkable individuals that collectively deliver exemplary results for their clients.”

“As we begin the next chapter of our firm, having a valued leader who can tell Ariel’s story and share our vision in a compelling way is essential,” added Ariel Investments Co-CEO Mellody Hobson. “Adam’s broad set of experiences and extensive relationships will be a huge asset to Ariel, helping ensure that we continue to make a difference for our clients and our industry.”

About Ariel Investments

Ariel Investments, LLC is a money management firm headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York City and Sydney. Ariel Investments serves individual and institutional investors through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. As of July 31, 2019, Ariel Investments’ firm-wide assets under management totaled approximately $13.0 billion. For more information about the firm, please visit Ariel’s website at


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