An accomplished business leader with a wealth of experience in the financial sector, Erik Brown has served as principal of Chicago’s Aspire Capital since the founding of the investment fund in 2010. He holds a bachelor of arts in finance from Michigan State University in East Lansing and a master of business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. While working toward his MBA, Erik Brown served as president of the Kellogg Investment Banking Club and participated in Kellogg student government. In addition to his work at Aspire Capital, he has served tenures as principal of CGI Capital, vice president of Fusion Capital and financial consultant at Merrill Lynch. .