A Culture of Partnership

Diversity & Inclusion

At Piper Sandler, we believe diverse teams with unique backgrounds, skills, and experiences yield more innovative solutions. 

Our Response: A Commitment to Racial Equity

Our Mission

To recruit, develop, retain and engage a diverse, high-performing team.

Our Pledge

Our business demands bright, committed people working in partnership within an environment that prevents no person from doing their best work. We commit to encouraging and valuing inclusivity because every partner brings unique perspectives that help us better serve our clients. By fulfilling this pledge, we believe we will exceed the expectations of our employees, clients and shareholders.

Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council serves as a means for employees to connect with one another to promote a greater awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity across the firm. With the oversight and support from CEO, Chad Abraham, the D&I Council is co-chaired by James Baker, Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, and Managing Director in Fixed Income Trading, Joanna Brody. The D&I Council works to advance the Diversity and Inclusion Mission to recruit, develop, include, retain and engage a diverse, high-performing workforce

Meet the Co-Chairs

"My mission is to ensure we have an environment that allows our employees to bring their whole self to work and only by doing so will we be able to continue delivering exceptional customer service."


"I’m thrilled to be working with people from different backgrounds, experiences and working styles that allows each of us to learn, grow and share different perspectives. Diverse views make for better decisions and drive a high performance culture."

Employee Resource Networks

In addition to the D&I Council, the firm has cultivated the following Professional Resource Networks as of 2020:

Recruiting Diverse Talent

Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to create a more equitable society by closing the academic and career opportunity gaps for motivated young people of color.
SEO Career is the nation’s premier professional development program, preparing high achieving Black, Latinx, and Native American college students for challenging summer internships that lead to coveted full time jobs. All of this is done through intensive coaching and training to help students succeed, unrivaled metrics and track record as a pipeline for underrepresented, entry level talent in Corporate America and a nationwide talent pool of talented Black, Latinx, and Native American candidates.

Career Exploration Program (CEP) is Piper Sandler’s hallmark diversity recruiting program: an annual, two-day informational event held at our headquarters in Minneapolis. The program is a pipeline for our summer internship opportunities across seven nationwide Piper Sandler offices. The CEP application process is open to students from all majors and disciplines and is designed to attract high-achieving, diverse candidates, which includes female, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian, veteran, and LGBTQ students.

Piper Sandler MBA Fellowship Program is a competitive scholarship program to provide outstanding Women, Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American MBA students with a financial award for exceptional academic achievement and a Summer Associate internship between the first and second year of business school.

For more information regarding the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at Piper Sandler contact our manager of diversity recruiting, Pedro Madrid.