Overview

Lissa began her tenure at Sentinel Trust as the Director of Client Service, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day decisions in Client Service and leading the firm’s team of Client Service professionals who provide organizational thought leadership for the firm’s clients. In 2015, Lissa was promoted to President of Sentinel Trust and was further promoted to President and CEO in 2019. As President and CEO of Sentinel Trust, Lissa is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm including active participation as a member of the Sentinel Trust Board of Directors, the Investment Committee, and the Investment Advisory Committee.

Lissa has spent her entire career, more than twenty years, building businesses to effectively serve the unique needs of ultra-wealthy families. Prior to joining Sentinel Trust in 2012, she headed a regional branch of a $2 billion multi-family office where she was responsible for all aspects of that enterprise—business development, client service, planning, reporting, facilities, etc. Lissa began her career at U.S. Trust Company of New York. During her decade-long tenure at U.S. Trust, she led efforts to nationalize the planning, fiduciary, tax, estate settlement, and banking lines of business, served as Fiduciary Risk Manager, and was responsible for managing selected client relationships.

Active with her college alumnae and community networks locally, Lissa has previously served as Major Gifts Chair and as a member of the President’s Council of Smith College. Lissa is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and has served as her chapter’s Finance Chair and Forum Moderator. Lissa is also a former member of the Texas Business Leadership Council.

Professional Background:

  • Managing Director of Wealth Planning/Senior Relationship Manager, Threshold Group LLC, Portland, OR (2007–2012) – Responsibilities included designing and delivering consistent financial planning services and resources to all Threshold clients. Coordinated relationship teams to deliver investment advisory services, accounting and tax management, financial education, estate planning, and other financial and wealth management services to $100+ million clients. Oversaw the Portland, Oregon, office of Threshold Group.
  • Senior Vice President, US Trust Company, New York, NY (1999–2007) – During her near decade-long tenure at US Trust, Lissa served in various capacities, including but not limited to: Senior Product Manager, Director of Fiduciary Risk Management, Project Manager, Financial Planner, and Trust Administrator.

Professional Organizations:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • D.C. Bar, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, Former Chapter Finance Chair and Forum Moderator

 

Education

Fordham Law School, JD (2005)

Smith College, BA in Comparative Literature (French & English) with secondary focus in Public Policy (1997)

Certifications

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification (2005)

IN THE COMMUNITY

Community Involvement:

  • Memorial Park Conservancy, Member of the Finance Committee
  • Collaboration for Families Flourishing, Former Member
  • Smith College President’s Counsel, Former Member
  • Smith College Class of 1997, Former Major Gifts Chair
  • Texas Business Leadership Council, Former Member
  • Hermann Park Conservancy Finance Committee, Former Member

 

TALKS

Talks:

  • “One CEO’s Story: Guiding a Workforce through a Pandemic,” Texas Wall Street Women, October 2020
  • “Healthcare Reform’s Effect on Single- and Multi-Family Offices: Procuring Medical Benefits for Small-Business Employees and Their Wealthy Clients” – IFG Wealth Management Forum
INSIGHTS

Open Letter from the President and CEO – March 12, 2021

Lissa S. Gangjee, JD, CFP®, President and CEO, provides a one-year update on Sentinel Trust and the Firm’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber security threats, and natural disasters in her March 12th open letter.

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On Watch – June 2020

The latest edition of On Watch is now available for download. This issue features articles about appointing a corporate executor or agent, summer financial literacy classes and activity ideas for kids of all ages, and medical directives and other basic estate planning documents. Contributors to this issue are Phyllis L. Joe, JD, LLM, Lissa S….

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Open Letter from the President and CEO – March 23, 2020

Lissa S. Gangjee, JD, CFP® provides an update on Sentinel Trust and the Firm’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sentinel Trust President and CEO Lissa S. Gangjee Featured in Special Report

Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, one of the nation’s leading boutique wealth management firms and multi-family offices, is pleased to announce that President and CEO Lissa S. Gangjee, JD, CFP® was featured in the Houston Business Journal’s Special Report on Finance.

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