Goodbye to My Friend Lila Fakhraie

A career path is marked by many milestones. Great successes, sometimes failures. However, as I look back on my path, the most important aspect is not the milestones, but the people – friends – I’ve been blessed to walk it with. 

Today is a day of sadness and gratitude, as I’ve lost one of those friends in Lila Fakhraie. Lila and I first crossed paths as Finicity looked to engage with her team at Wells Fargo to discuss our solutions and our data connection with them. However, our relationship soon evolved to one where we shared a common vision of bringing the industry together to better address how consumers could be empowered to use their data. Working together, Lila and I helped to found the Financial Data Exchange (FDX), and have spent more than two years as co-chairs of the organization.

While establishing FDX is a great milestone, my partnership and friendship with Lila has made all the difference in the experience. Her insights and commitment kept us moving forward, but it was her quick smile and warm laugh that helped bind us together.

She will be missed. Yet, I will always have positive feelings and a deep sense of gratitude for having the opportunity to know and work with Lila. 

On behalf of the entire Finicity team we express our deepest condolences to the Fakhraie family.

My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Saied Nesbat and her daughters Hannah and Yasmin.