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2018 Honorees

Alma Demetropolis

2018 Honorees ALMA DEMETROPOLIS, CFA New Jersey Market President and New Jersey Private Bank Market Manager J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Ms. DeMetropolis provides executive leadership across the firm’s lines of business as well as both community and employment engagement.  She has been advising families, endowments and foundations on a broad range of wealth matters and managing investment portfolios for over 20 years. Ms. DeMetropolis has also worked for 7 years on foreign assignments in Latin America and Europe.

As part of her interest in local non-profit organizations, Ms. DeMetropolis is on the Boards of the Liberty Science Center, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, SciTech Scity, and Nature Conservancy NJ Advisory Council.  She recently completed several years of board service for Cornell University’s Dean’s Advisory Council and the New Providence Education Foundation.

Ms. DeMetropolis was recognized as a Top 100 Financial Adviser by the Financial Times in 2014 and by NJBIZ as one of the Best Fifty Women in Business for 2012. Ms. DeMetropolis holds a B.S. from Cornell University.

She is fluent in Spanish and Greek. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Ms. DeMetropolis resides in New Providence, New Jersey with her 2 children and was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

Denyce Graves

DENYCE GRAVES Mezzo-Soprano “An Operatic Superstar of the 21st Century,” according to USA Today

Denyce Graves is recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars and continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals. She is particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.

Ms. Graves appears regularly on radio and television as a musical performer, celebrity guest, and as the subject of documentaries. She was invited by President Bush to participate in the National Prayer Service in Washington’s National Cathedral in which she sang “America, the Beautiful” and “The Lord’s Prayer” in response to the tragic events on September 11, 2001.  She has been a frequent guest on television shows including Sesame StreetThe Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live and CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Ms. Graves is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. In addition to receiving numerous performance awards, Ms. Graves has received honorary doctorates from Oberlin College, the College of Saint Mary, Centre College, and the New England Conservatory. Ms. Graves’s dedication to the singers of the next generation continues to be an important part of her career and recently she joined the voice faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.