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Len Rushfield, MA

Instructor of Finance
Graziadio Business School

Biography

Len Rushfield joined the faculty of the Graziadio School at Pepperdine as an adjunct professor of Finance in 2004. This was concurrent with his continuing career in international banking. He was appointed as a full-time member of the faculty in 2017. Mr. Rushfield has over four decades of commercial banking experience in senior-level capacities. Currently he is vice chairman of the Board of US Metro Bank, which is an institution serving the Korean American business community in Southern California.

Prior to his banking career he served at the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer in Washington DC.  After this involvement in government, he entered banking with Bankers Trust Company of New York, with assignments in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, where he was deputy general manager and senior vice president responsible for the lending business of the bank in Japan.

Following service in Japan, he held senior management positions at Bankers Trust and positions at Republic National Bank of New York and American Express Bank in California where he established and managed international banking businesses. Further overseas experience in investment banking occurred with residence in Hong Kong at Bear Stearns (Asia) where he managed international private investment relationships in Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and China.

Mr. Rushfield was founder and managing director of Asia Development Partners and RLR Advisors, and a director of Capital Partners in Bratislava, Slovakia, involving the development of joint ventures and equity investments between American and international client groups. Following his return to California he served as a board director at American Premier Bank, a community bank focusing on Chinese American businesses and was a member of the Advisory Committee of Comerica Bank of California. He also served on the boards and of Gridcore International Systems, Long Beach, California and Agriboard Industries, Dallas, Texas.

In addition, Mr. Rushfield served on many non-profit and community development boards including Shelter Partnership, the Los Angeles Theater Center and the Latino American Theater Company, American Express Philanthropic Foundation, the Advisory Board of the School of business at Loyola Marymount University, and as Vice Chairman of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Planning of the City of Los Angeles, reflecting his interest and involvement in community service and cultural activities.

Education

  • University of Ceylon (Colombo, Sri Lanka), Fulbright Fellowship in Asian Politics and Development.  

  • Columbia University, Master of Arts in International Politics and Economics; ABD in Asian Politics and Development with a dissertation on "The Politics of Defense Spending in India"

  • University of the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics

Topics

  • Global Capital Markets and Institutions

  • International Finance

  • Capital Markets

  • Management of Financial Instituions