Announcing the Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy

April 11, 2022

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

I am pleased to announce the newly named Psaros Center for Financial Markets and Policy at the McDonough School of Business. The Psaros Center, led by Reena Aggarwal, Ph.D., Robert E. McDonough Professor of Finance, has received a gift of $11 million from Michael (B’89) and Robin Psaros that will enable the work of the Psaros Center to build on its existing legacy, since its founding nearly 14 years ago. ​​

With this gift, the Psaros Center will be positioned to become the preeminent center focused on issues at the intersection of financial markets and policy, expanding opportunities for research, publication, and outreach advanced by the Psaros Center’s leadership in collaboration with students.

The Psaros Center has helped to shape national and global conversations on the most timely issues in finance. As we face a new inflection point—with rapid innovations in financial technology—the Psaros Center will engage relevant challenges by hosting convenings, lectures, Capitol Hill engagements, and summits on emerging challenges in global policymaking. Through this gift, the Psaros Center will establish the Visiting Distinguished Fellows program and the Fellows Excellence Fund, which will engage the most accomplished and impactful industry leaders and practitioners.

We are grateful for Mike and Robin’s long-standing commitment to ensuring Georgetown would be home to research, teaching, and dialogue on policy and practice related to markets and the economy. Mike has served our community over many years, as a member of the University’s Board of Directors as well as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. After providing seed funding for the development of the Center, in 2013 Mike and Robin also established the Michael and Robin Psaros Endowed Chair in Business Administration at our McDonough School of Business, and most recently, their philanthropy has supported an endowment for our Orthodox Chaplaincy.

With support from Dean Paul Almeida, and under the excellent leadership of Dr. Aggarwal, we are very excited by the work the Psaros Center will pursue in this next phase. Please join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to the Psaros family for their generosity and for supporting our work to address some of the most complex challenges in our global economy.


John J. DeGioia