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About Me

Who am I

Phoenix Wang
(512) 994-0485
Austin, Texas
United States

Living Meaningfully

I enjoy broadening my horizons by pursuing topics ranging from social work in inner-city communities to reading the latest developments in econometrics. I’m looking to combine my desire to improve the world with a business-focused mindset through social entrepreneurship.


Some of my favorite pastimes is reading (currently reading The Real Price of Everything) and biking (find me pedaling away up and down the hills of Northwest Austin). My eclectic set of research interests have been in development economics in the Global South, subaltern communities in Southeast Asia, and the bright side of deglobalization in America.

Turning knowledge into action

Risks I've taken and what I've learned

Aka Work Experience

Public Finance Investment Banking Intern
TD Securities

Worked with cities and local government entities to raise funds for capital improvement projects, contributing to over $10 million of new debt issuance. Built Excel models to compare cost of issuing debt across various banks. Built slide decks to demonstrate TD Securities’ competitive advantage as a lead underwriter. Wrote and compiled weekly reports on municipal market to assist traders and bankers

Data and Compliance Intern
Amherst Capital

Researched and reconciled portfolio pricing differences on individual swaps and bonds with counterparties, BNY Mellon, and Bloomberg, reducing $10M+ discrepancy to less than $100K. Built automated pricing reconciliation and reporting tool via Bloomberg Gateway, SQL, and Excel

Research Assistant
The University of Texas McCombs School of Business

Tested the hypothesis that ratings analysts’ subjective bias affects municipal bond pricing through analyzing and compiling credit spreads from 15,000+ datapoints using Python, R, and Excel

Automation Intern

Automated the W-2 contractor payroll process for increased efficiency, reducing workflow time from 5+ hours to 15 minutes. Built performance reporting processes for the operations team using Excel, Visual Basic, and the Zendesk API

Mayor's Office Intern
City of Austin Mayor's Office

Contributed to Austin’s land development code rewrite by researching small area planning in five economic centers, conducting 450+ constituent calls, and writing reports, resulting in two mayoral recommendations to council

Engineering Intern
National Institute of Standards and Technology (US Department of Commerce)

Developed a prototype of a 3D-printable rheometer based on open source software and off the shelf hardware that would be 20x cheaper than comparable commercial rheometers

On the verge of the rest of my life


What starts here changes the world

Received Degree

August 2018 to May 2022

Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors, an interdisciplinary liberal arts honors degree with focus on classical literature, philosophy, history, and political science.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems, a business degree with a focus on leverage information technology to increase value.

Graduated Summa cum laude

Notable classes: Statistics and Modeling, Healthcare Analytics, Multivariable Calculus, Engineering Physics, Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Financial Markets, Urban Business Engagement, Business Communications, Business Law and Ethics

The University of Texas at Austin


Area of Interests

My Interests

Local Government & Infrastructure

Macroeconomic Development

Southeast Asian Political History


Language Skills

Native English and Mandarin Chinese speaker. Learning German and Bahasa Indonesia to engage with the technology of the current industrial powerhouse of Germany and perhaps position myself for the future fastest growing economy of Indonesia.

Mandarin Chinese
Bahasa Indonesia

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