Headshot of Janessa

Janessa Cox-Irvin

Global Head—Diversity & Inclusion

at AB  /  of Experience


Janessa Cox-Irvin is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Corporate Citizenship at AllianceBernstein (AB) and a member of the Operating Committee. In her role, she partners closely with the CEO, other executive committee members and human capital to lead AB’s global D&I strategy, and provides thought leadership on advancing efforts that align with business priorities, meet the needs of a diverse range of clients and positively impact over 3,800 AB employees worldwide. Following the 2018 announcement of a headquarters relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, Cox-Irvin has led the development of a formalized D&I philosophy for Nashville, including a framework for community and employee engagement and corporate partnership. She also globally oversees the firm’s expanded community and civic engagement and philanthropy strategies.

Cox-Irvin’s thought leadership has been featured in Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Institutional Investor, Ignites, FundFire and CNBC and she has been recognized in O The Oprah Magazine for her commitment to advancing women in leadership. She was a 2018 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst in Finance awardee and named to Crain’s 2020 list of Rising Stars in Banking & Finance and 2022 list of Notable Black Leaders. Additionally, she is a member the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) D&I Advisory Council and the Investment Company institute (ICI) Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of Dress For Success Worldwide.

Janessa resides in Brooklyn, NY with her spouse, Lanaya.


Diversity is a fact, but Inclusion is a choice that requires intentionality. On our journey, we’ve committed to fully investing in our people, celebrating their unique difference and adapting to the changing landscape around us.

Janessa Cox-Irvin Global Head—Diversity & Inclusion