Ariel Smilowitz

March 18, 2021 | secon2017
Ariel Smilowitz' Bio
Ariel Smilowitz is a member of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship (BIS) team, based in New York. Through direct engagement with BlackRock’s portfolio companies, the BIS team promotes corporate governance and business practices that are aligned with the long-term economic interests of BlackRock’s clients.

As a generalist, Ariel is responsible for proxy voting; engaging with senior executives and board members of portfolio companies on matters related to corporate strategy, governance, and environmental and social issues; and contributing to the development of engagement and thought leadership strategies to enhance sustainable financial performance.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Ariel worked at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy firm, where she was responsible for the execution of communications, thought leadership, and advocacy initiatives for Merck & Co.’s flagship corporate responsibility program. She started her career at UNICEF, where she supported organizational learning and development efforts to strengthen the technical expertise of employees across all programmatic and business functions.

Ariel earned a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MPA in International Development Policy & Management from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service