Dessie is a Portfolio Manager at 1919 Investment Counsel, LLC with over 17 years of financial services industry experience. She oversees the Global Growth ADR strategy and is a member of the Asset Allocation and Third Party Committees and on the advisory board for the Disruptive Innovation Strategy.

Dessie entered the Financial Services Industry in 2001. She joined Legg Mason Investment Counsel (a predecessor firm) in 2011. Previous to joining the firm, she was an Associate Analyst at AshmoreEMM LLC providing fundamental analysis for companies in Russia, South Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.

Dessie earned B.S. in Finance from Slippery Rock University in 2001. Dessie is a CFA charterholder. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Baltimore.