Karen Horn Welch '97, CFA is Director, Public Equity at the Stanford Management Company (SMC). In this role, she oversees the public equity portfolio, including domestic and international equity investments across both traditional and equity-based hedge fund strategies. She joined SMC in January 2007 as Director, Domestic Public Equities.

Prior to joining the Stanford Management Company, Ms. Welch spent 3 years at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she served as Manager of Investments. She worked closely with the CFO and Investment Committee in leading the Foundation's diversification of its $6 billion investment portfolio, including the development of its investment policy and strategic asset allocation. She oversaw the public asset classes, including public equity and fixed income, and helped to develop a strategy for investing the Foundation's alternative asset allocation.

Previously, from 2001 to 2003, Ms. Welch worked as a Research Associate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard University Center for International Development. She conducted economic research and published several articles on economic growth, international trade, and microfinance. Ms. Welch began her career at JP Morgan.

Ms. Welch received a BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University in 1997 and an MPA with a focus on international economics from Harvard in 2001. She is a CFA charterholder.

Ms. Welch currently serves as a member of the Alumni Board and Campaign Executive Committee for Bucknell. She lives in CA with her husband, fellow Bucknellian Tom Welch '97, and their children, future Bucknellians Kellen (3) Class of 2028 and Connor (1) Class of 2030.