RWA Wealth Partners Appoints Michelle Knight as Chief Executive Officer

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RWA Wealth Partners, a leading independent fiduciary responsible for $15 billion in client assets, today announced the promotion of Michelle Knight as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Knight served as RWA Wealth’s President following the merger of Adviser Investments and Ropes Wealth Advisors. Prior to the merger, Knight served as CEO and Chief Economist at Ropes Wealth Advisors, helping to grow the firm to more than $7 billion in assets. The combined firm has rebranded as RWA Wealth Partners, and under Knight’s leadership, RWA Wealth Partners becomes one of the largest female-led registered investment advisors in the U.S.

“Michelle has demonstrated strong leadership through the integration process over the past year, and we are excited to name her as the CEO of the combined organization,” said Matt Hamilton, a Managing Director at Summit Partners and member of the RWA Wealth Partners Board of Directors. “RWA Wealth exists to serve clients with the highest standard of fiduciary care, and during her distinguished career in wealth management, Michelle has done just that. We believe Michelle embodies the RWA Wealth mission, working tirelessly to support both clients and colleagues. She is the natural choice to lead the combined firm.”

“Our business serves individuals and multigenerational families with a single goal, to deliver comprehensive, unbiased fiduciary advice in a personalized fashion through a team of caring experts,” added Michelle Knight. “I am proud to lead the RWA Wealth Partners team as we continue to pursue this mission.”

In conjunction with Knight’s appointment as CEO, RWA Wealth Partners has also elevated several senior leaders to executive roles, completing the leadership integration of the firms: Kristin Fazio, Chief Compliance Officer; Joseph “JP” Powers, Chief Investment Officer; Steve Reder, Managing Director of Wealth Management; Carlos Sotero, Chief Technology Officer; and Venkat Patla, Chief Marketing Officer.

“We have assembled a group of exceptional professionals who carry forward the founding spirit of pure commonsense advice from leaders like Dan Wiener and Jim Lowell,” added Knight. “I look forward to working with all of our team members as we pursue our goal to be the nation’s foremost boutique provider of wealth management solutions, tackling complex financial challenges for individuals and families. As a client advisor in my own right, I know that is the most critical differentiator for our families and is at the heart of our client partnerships.”

Knight succeeds Mario Ramos, who served as CEO through the merger of Adviser Investments with Ropes Wealth Advisors and the firm’s rebranding. Ramos has resigned to pursue opportunities outside the firm.

About RWA Wealth Partners

With more than $15 billion in assets under management, RWA Wealth Partners provides wealth management solutions integrated seamlessly with tax, estate and family office services. The firm has a deep bench of seasoned advisors with the expertise and technology to tackle the most complex financial challenges for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families across the country. Headquartered in Newton, MA, RWA Wealth Partners has multiple offices across the country, including Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago. To learn more about RWA Wealth Partners, please visit