Felicia Rauls is a senior vice president and director of operations in Mesirow Financial’s Retirement Planning and Advisory (RPA) group. She provides operational, analytical, and business management support. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, monitoring licensing and ERISA education, and coordinating workflows relating to research, provider or record keeper selection reviews, quarterly client meeting materials, and the RFP process. She assists with the budgeting, revenue, and expense management process to optimize efficiencies across the practice. Felicia also interacts with key internal business partners in finance, human resources, technology, internal audit, and other groups to further the RPA group’s business goals.
Felicia joined Mesirow Financial in 2009 as an operations associate in the firm’s Commodities Management business. She was promoted to senior associate and took on the role of head of operations for that group before joining the RPA team in 2014. She has more than 20 years of experience in operations and business management. Previously, she served as trading and operations assistant for a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, and was a trading and operations manager for Feldman Securities Group, LLC.
Felicia serves as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders of the Business Leadership Council, an organization whose values include influencing policies and business practices to increase opportunities for African-American inclusion. She also serves as a Director and Board Secretary for Access Living. Felicia is a 2019 Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow and was named one of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Finance.
Felicia earned a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She holds FINRA Series 24, 7, and 63 licenses, and several industry certificates.
Felicia is an avid lover of the fine arts and enjoys painting in her spare time.