CHICAGO—State Senator Lakeisha Collins is proud that tastytrade, an online brokerage company, is not only expanding their headquarters in her district, but also donating $600,000 to the Greenwood Project, a non-profit organization giving underserved college students the tools to start financial careers.

“With the expansion of tastytrade in the Fulton Market community, Chicago residents will see new opportunities to continue their careers and lives in Illinois,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “Alongside their expansion is an exciting investment in the Greenwood Project, an excellent organization connecting students with opportunities that put them on a path toward meaningful and sustainable careers. I am excited to see these investments in our communities and look forward to the new job opportunities available to Illinois residents.”

Tastytrade was founded and created in Chicago, and was later sold. While the company is no longer a startup, its leadership frequently calls back to its roots by investing back into the Chicago community and offering opportunities to hopeful financial experts in the area. The new office space in Fulton Market covers 35,000 square feet and includes a live broadcast studio for production of financial market content.

Greenwood Project is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that creates career pathways for Black and Latino students in the financial services industry where they have long been underserved and overlooked. The name “Greenwood” references the neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known as “Black Wall Street” before it was destroyed in the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Greenwood Project partners with finance companies, including tastytrade to provide coaching, recruitment, and educational opportunities for college students interested in entering the field.

“We’re excited to double down on our commitment to Chicago.  At IG North America, we believe opportunity can drive positive change,” said CEO of IG North America and President of tastytrade JJ Kinahan. “By partnering with Greenwood Project, we are not only investing in the future of talented Black and Latino students but also contributing to a more diverse and inclusive financial services industry.”

For more information about the Greenwood Project, click here.