Karen Kedem joins PFM’s National Higher Education Team

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Karen Kedem has joined PFM as a Director in the Higher Education Group. She has two decades of capital markets experience including investment banking, rating strategy, and credit analysis. Karen comes to PFM from J.P. Morgan, where she served as a Vice President on the Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Investment Banking Team. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Karen was a senior credit officer at Moody's Investors Service in New York, where she led bond and credit ratings for higher education and not-for-profit organizations. 

Karen is a recognized industry expert frequently called upon by senior leadership, media, and conference organizers. During her career, she was regularly interviewed by premier media outlets such as The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Public Radio.  She authored industry leading research and rating methodologies. Karen presented at numerous industry conferences such as the Treasury Symposium, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, as well as the P3 Higher Education Summit. 

“We are so happy to have someone with such a strong background, reputation, and knowledge of the sector join our higher education team. Anyone who knows or has worked with Karen is immediately impressed with her thoughtfulness and insight.” says Jeremy Bass, Managing Director and head of the firm’s higher education practice.

PFM has consistently ranked as the number one financial advisor on debt financings in the higher education sector by Refinitiv, based on both number of transactions and par amount, since 1998.1 Over the past several years, PFM has made a focused effort to expand the services it provides to its higher education clients to serve as a broader strategic financial advisor.

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1 Ranked by Ipreo MunilC in terms of par amount as of December 31, 2021. PFM’s financial advisory business consists of PFM Financial Advisors LLC presently and also included Public Financial Management Inc. through December 6, 2021. PFM Financial Advisors LLC commenced operations on June 1, 2016. All transactions prior to such date were effected through Public Financial Management Inc.


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