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Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of the Master of Science in Finance Program
Steve Firestone is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Finance and the Director of the Master of Science in Finance program at Drew University. His research focuses on market and credit risk, fixed income valuation, behavioral finance, and real estate economics. Prior to joining Drew, Steve served for seven years as a U.S. Treasury official in The Office of The Comptroller of the Currency, providing effective oversight of institutional trading and lending activities at some of the country’s largest banks. His tenure in government service followed a twenty-year career in the financial markets as a fixed income trader, portfolio manager, and investment banker. Steve has also been committed to public service, serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Hoboken, N.J. and serving as both a Planning Commissioner and Zoning Board Member in Charlotte, N.C. He received a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, an M.B.A in Finance and Public Policy from Indiana University, and is working towards his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Steve completed his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation in 2009 and is active in the CAIA Association and the International Association for Quantitative Finance. He is also an avid runner, and completed two TCS New York City Marathons (2017,2018).
Assistant Professor of Economics
Areas of expertise: finance, private equity, hedge funds, political economy, monetary policy
Raphaele Chappe is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Drew University. She is also an economic advisor for The Predistribution Initiative, a multi-stakeholder project to develop new investment structures that share more economics with workers and communities, with a focus on private equity. Raphaele also helped co-found the SMBX, a fintech marketplace for "small business bonds”. In 2019, she received a Research Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. In a prior life she has also worked as a tax attorney on Wall Street (in her last position at Goldman Sachs). Raphaele received her doctorate in economics from The New School for Social Research and an LL.M. from New York University.