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Karen L. Barr

Investment Adviser Association
President & CEO
Washington, DC, USA


KAREN BARR is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Adviser Association, the leading association exclusively representing the interests of SEC-registered investment adviser firms.  The IAA’s members manage more than $16 trillion in assets for individual and institutional clients, including private funds, mutual funds, pension plans, trusts, endowments, foundations, and corporations. The IAA serves as the voice of the adviser community on key policy issues before the U.S. Congress, SEC, CFTC, DOL, and other regulators, and connects advisers with the latest information, resources, and opportunities to share best practices. Before assuming the role of President and CEO in 2014, Ms. Barr served as the IAA’s General Counsel, with responsibility for the wide range of legal and regulatory matters affecting the Association and its members.

Prior to joining the Investment Adviser Association in March 1997, Ms. Barr was in private practice at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale), where she represented clients in SEC investigations, securities class action litigation, internal corporate investigations, and securities regulatory matters.  Ms. Barr received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988.

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