Ginger K. So ’79

Ginger K. So

Cornell degree: AB ’79 (A&S)

Read Ginger’s interview. 

Professional experience:

  • Managing director, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc., Global Capital Markets, 2020–2023
    • Head of strategy, Client Sustainable Solutions, Global Capital Markets, 2020–2023
  • U.S. Bank, National Association, senior vice president
    • Manager, Environmental, Soft Dollar, Policy & Procedures Teams, 2018–2020
    • Member of Wholesale Credit Policy Transformation Taskforce, 2020–2022
    • Corporate & Commercial Bank Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion, 2017–2023
    • Founding sponsor of Women of Metro NY Business Resource Group, 2018–2023
    • Senior portfolio manager, Insurance Division, 2008–2020
  • HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., 2004–2008
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, 2001–2004
  • Marine Midland Bank, 1990–1991
  • Chemical Bank, 1979–1989

Alumni service:

  • Cornell University Council, life member, 2005–present; Nominating Committee chair, 2005–2007; chair, 2003–2005; vice chair, 2001–2003; Membership Committee chair, 2001–2002; Administrative Board member at large, 2000–2001; member, 1999–2003
  • Class of 1979, class council member, 1999–present
  • Cornell Mosaic, member at large, 2018–2023; executive committee member, 2017–2018; vice chair, 2013–2016; member, 2005–2015
  • Cornell Alumni Advisory Board, member, 2019–2021
  • College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, member, 2015–2019
  • Cornell University Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives Ryokichi Yatabe Award recipient, 2016
  • Cornell Asian Alumni Association honoree, 2015
  • Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award recipient, 2014
  • Tower Club Metro NY committee, 2010–2014, 2003–2008
  • Cornell Alumni Association, CUC representative, 2003–2005; vice president, 2001–2005; regional director, Metro NY, 1999–2001; C’AC representative, 1996–1997
  • Alumni Affairs Steering Committee, member, 2003–2005
  • Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations, member, 2001–2005
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN), member, 1979–2008; Advisory Committee member, 1992–2008; chair, 1996–1998
  • Cornell Club of Northern New Jersey, board member, 1998–1999
  • Cornell Asian Alumni Association, founding member, multiple board and development roles, 1990–present

Community/public service/philanthropic priorities:

  • Mountainside Public Library Board of Trustees and treasurer, 2000–2019

Other education:

  • MBA Finance, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 1986

Student involvements/activities:

  • Chinese Students Association, Social Committee chair
  • COSEP resident advisor

Additional Information:

Ginger has had a long banking career with roles in client revenue, risk/underwriting, and most recently was strategy head in capital markets focused on supporting client’s environmental and social aspirations. She fostered women’s development as founding sponsor of NYC Business Resource Group, promoting inclusion at the bank through training and storytelling. A first-gen student, Ginger’s volunteer efforts began upon graduation. When Ginger took a 10-year hiatus to raise children, her volunteering expanded to the national level and continued across a range of interests including her college, class, CAAAN, student well-being, diversity, Cornell University Council, and as a Cornell parent.