Alina Fisch, the founder of Contessa Capital Advisors, has worked in financial services for more than 25 years. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Charterholder), registered Investment Advisor Representative, member of the XY Planning Network and Financial Planning Association, and has passed a variety of industry licensing exams including the Finra Series 7, 9, 10, and 24, and NY State Life and Health Insurance. During her time as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank she ran a sizeable international equities business and later became a senior relationship manager, responsible for several of the firm's largest and most complex global institutional relationships. As an equity sales manager and CFA charterholder she provided advice on a broad range of investment opportunities to the largest money managers in the world for over two decades. After leaving Deutsche Bank, Alina joined a small financial technology startup, where she helped create a digital private placements platform to democratize access to real estate and other alternative investments via the blockchain. Alina graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in European History. She is an avid reader, animal lover, hiker, traveler and covid-era vegetable farmer. Alina lives in New York City with her son; they have too many pets and a fondness for card games.