Mellody Hobson has served as the President of Ariel Investments, LLC, an investment management firm, since 2000. She is also the President and a Director of Ariel Investments’ governing member, Ariel Capital Management Holdings Inc. In addition, she serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust, a registered investment company advised by Ariel Investments.
Ms. Hobson has been a director of Starbucks Corporation and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. since 2005. She served as a director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. from 2004 to 2016 and as a director of Groupon Inc. from 2011 until 2014.
Ms. Hobson works with a number of civic, non-profit and professional organizations, acting as a Director of the Chicago Public Education Fund; Chairman of After School Matters, which provides Chicago teens with high quality out-of-school time programs; Director of the Economic Club of Chicago; Board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation, and many other organizations.
Ms. Hobson graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy at Princeton University.