Karen Shaw Petrou is Managing Partner of Federal Financial Analytics, a Washington D.C. based financial services consulting company. Federal Financial Analytics provides strategic consulting services to a wide range of financial institutions, government agencies, non-bank financial services firms, and ven-dors to the industry. It also provides electronic analytical services on financial-industry matters.Ms. Petrou is a widely-respected analyst who frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress and speaks at major industry meetings. She has also served as a director on several bank and charitable boards. Her comments appear regularly in trade and general-circulation media. In connection with the Federal Financial Analytics consulting practice, she has advised clients in some of the industry's more controversial acquisitions, walked bank boards through tough reputational-risk dilemmas, and defined the strategic priorities for a diverse range of financial services firms.Prior to founding one of the Federal Financial Analytics predecessor firms in 1985, Ms. Petrou served as Vice President for Bank of America in its Washington, D.C. office. She joined Bank of America in 1977. At that time, she was also working on a doctorate in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a M.A. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. (honors) from Wellesley College. Ms. Petrou was also admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year of special graduate study while an under-graduate at Wellesley.
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