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Kate Kohler

Kate Kohler


Washington, D.C.

Kate Kohler is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Korn Ferry, where she co-leads the firm’s Impact Investing Practice, serves as a specialist in the Financial Services Sector and leads the firm’s relationship with the World Bank Group.

In delivering integrated talent management solutions, Ms. Kohler partners with asset managers, asset owners, commercial banks, and organizations focused on leadership succession to build and develop effective leadership teams at the C-suite, board and senior executive levels. She has executed recent search assignments for CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Investment Team members. Her clients have included the World Bank, the Vanguard Group, Union Bank, M&T Bank, Ford Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group.

Ms. Kohler’s experience spans the financial services, nonprofit and defense sectors. Prior to entering the talent management profession, Ms. Kohler worked as an executive in the financial services industry, most recently at the PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of active duty, veterans and their families. As Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President, Ms. Kohler led the executive management in partnership with a global financial institution, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

Previously, Ms. Kohler served in business development roles in Institutional Business Development and Fund Marketing at Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC and in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Kohler is a U.S. Army veteran, with command experience in Kuwait, Bosnia and South Korea, culminating in the leadership of United States and South Korean soldiers as a company commander. She serves as a member of the West Point Association of Graduates Advisory Council and the Finance Committee for the West Point Association of Graduates.

Ms. Kohler holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She earned a bachelor of science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point. She is an Ironman finisher.