Our Company

Uptown Advisory Group is a boutique business advisory and management consulting firm uniquely qualified to help organizations baseline their operations by understanding their core end-to-end processes, identify risk, streamline operations to maximize efficiencies and deliver on their promise.

Mission

To elevate the performance of our clients by providing prudent strategic advice and exemplary execution services.

Approach

We partner with our clients to understand their needs and develop cost-effective, sustainable risk-averse solutions.

Our Leadership

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Curtiss Jacobs

Managing Partner


CJ Curtiss Jacobs is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Uptown Advisory Group LLC., where he is responsible for business development, due diligence and overseeing large scale engagements in the financial services and education sectors.

Curtiss has over 20 years of leading large-scale operations and driving global transformation efforts at organizations such as Pitney Bowes, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Bank of America. Over the course of his career, he has developed and implemented operations strategies that improved organizational efficiency and effectiveness throughout the U.S, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

A true proponent of diversity and inclusivity, Curtiss is especially skilled at building and leading diverse, cross-functional teams that effectively maximize operational efficiencies. He relies on these same skills to develop and retain talent and was named Operations Executive of the Year, while at Pitney Bowes, where he managed their largest account, Bank of America, and generated $250M in revenue during his last five years with the firm.

Curtiss earned a BS in management and communications from Adelphi University and holds an MBA in International Business from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a six-sigma black belt in DMAIC methodology, is a certified Business Process Management Professional, and a certified Project Manager. Curtiss is a long-standing member of the National Black MBA Association and has recently been appointed to the National Board of Directors of One Hundred Black Men of America.

Additionally, Curtiss is committed to supporting the Arts. In 2009, Curtiss opened the doors to Renaissance Fine Art in Harlem (since rebranded to Curtiss Jacobs Gallery) to help preserve the cultural legacy of the community and provide opportunities for local artists.

Vinod Raghavan

Managing Partner


VR Vinod Raghavan is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Uptown Advisory Group LLC., where he is responsible for business development and client servicing in the non-profit and government sectors.

Vinod is an innovative management consulting and corporate strategy professional with a career spanning several industries including financial services, technology, insurance, non-profit and sports. He has both project-based consulting as well as in-house experience at a variety of top multinational firms. He has designed and managed the implementation of high-level, C-suite programs including cost-containment, market entry, new product development, and driving organizational and operational efficiency.

Prior to his consulting career, Vinod served as Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton in New York, focusing on strategic initiatives and development to help promote the President’s domestic agenda. He was also a Management Associate at AIG, focusing on business development and strategy for the firm's Financial Services Division, including the development and institutionalization of various cross-selling and other revenue-generating platforms.

He also worked for the National Basketball Association, where he coordinated efforts between headquarters and the regional offices to drive growth by expanding the league's international reach with a primary focus on the Chinese and UK markets. Vinod holds a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master of International Affairs and an MBA from Columbia University in New York City.
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