Patricia Kao MBA ’04
Patricia Kao has nearly two decades of multi-disciplinary experience across the financial services sector, most recently leading ETF product innovation at BlackRock. She was responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and developing new product opportunities in the iShares suite of ETFs. During her tenure, iShares launched over 30 new ETFs, including 19 new bond ETFs, and 9 sustainable investing funds across multiple asset classes that have collectively grown to over $3.7bln in AUM. Immediately prior to joining BlackRock, Patricia served as the Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy, the lead office on domestic financial services reform priorities at the U.S. Treasury Department. Her team advised on issues such as bank capital and liquidity rules, financial sector transparency and governance, market benchmarks (e.g., LIBOR), equity and fixed income market structure, “fintech” and financial disintermediation, and other post-crisis financial stability issues. She held a prior role in the Treasury Department Markets Room, which performs global markets monitoring, analysis, and briefing functions for the Treasury and the White House. Between 2004-2011, Ms. Kao was a fixed income trader at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities. She holds a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.