Mr. Andrew Karsh
Portfolio Manager, CalPERS
Andrew Karsh currently serves as Portfolio Manager for the Investment Office of CalPERS, a $400 Billion public pension fund. In addition to direct investment responsibilities, he served as a member of the Absolute Return Strategies Advisory Board and has worked to advise the organization regarding Private Equity opportunities.
Outside of his daily role, Andrew has spent the last seven years advising and investing in disruptive startup companies across all industries, and the last two years as part of the advisory team to Berkeley's top ranked SkyDeck Accelerator Program. He was also nominated in 2020 as member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal's 30 organization GISD working group, which has been tasked with creating investment opportunities which will support the success of these critical initiatives.
Prior to his current position, Andrew was a Portfolio Manager at Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, managing investments for the world's largest institutional investors. His previous responsibilities have included senior global markets positions in both New York and London as part of Credit Suisse’s Securities Division. In addition to focusing on innovative investment strategies across public and private markets, he has extensive experience advising senior executives at many of the world’s largest corporations.
Andrew was Founding Advisor to Fast Forward, the largest technology focused non-profit accelerator which through its fellowship program has helped 63 million people since 2013. In addition, he is a Founding Board Member at Think of Us, which utilizes a proprietary technology platform to improve the success rates of 400,000 youth in Foster Care.
Andrew is an alumnus of Columbia Business School and the Board Directors College program at Stanford University.