Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Impact Investing
Otho E. Kerr III joins the New York Fed’s Community Development team as the new Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Impact Investing, a newly created role. As the capital connector, Otho will work to connect capital with innovative ideas in the areas of climate-related risks to low- and moderate-income populations, the economic drivers of health, and household financial well-being. Prior to joining the New York Fed, Otho was the Chief Investment Officer for Acumen, an international impact investment firm that invests in early-stage companies whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. Previously, Otho was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer with Encourage Capital, a solutions-oriented impact investment firm that seeks to leverage private capital to solve critical environmental and social problems.
Otho has worked in investment banking and asset management for over thirty years, starting at Goldman Sachs & Co. He began his professional career as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Otho received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from The Harvard Law School, and was the first member of his class to receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award. He is a Co-Chair of the Board of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s largest LGBTQ youth services organization, and also serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Advisory Committee on the Culture of Health Program. Otho enjoys running, skiing, and travel, and is an active member of TED.