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Adam Riggs Class of ’95 Named as Presidential Innovation Fellow


The White House named Adam Riggs '95 a Presidential Innovation Fellow. He will collaborate on open data initiatives with the Department of the Treasury. The federal initiative pairs entrepreneurs from the private and nonprofit sectors with government departments to find ways to save lives, save money, and create jobs.

Riggs has been a mentor to Reed students and was a driving force behind Reed’s Working Weekend, which brings alumni back to campus each year to help students launch their careers.

From the White House Press Release:

Adam Riggs is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Open Data Initiatives at the Department of the Treasury. Riggs is a data-driven entrepreneur with broad private-sector experience starting, scaling, and advising businesses in e-commerce, digital media, and finance. He has served as a Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit focused on open data, government transparency, and influence. Adam was the first President and CFO of Shutterstock.com, a stock image and video marketplace that sources content from and has customers in nearly every country worldwide. Prior to Shutterstock, Adam spent nine years as a proprietary derivatives trader, focusing on index/statistical arbitrage and trading futures contracts, ETFs, and stocks as a member of the American Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Prior to his trading career, he did econometric research on securities matters at the NERA division of Marsh & McLennan.  Adam has traveled extensively and lived and worked in both India and Germany. He graduated from Reed College and lives with his family in Washington, DC.

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