Karin Berardo 




From working with small farmers in the Brazilian Amazon to adopt sustainable farming, to creating renewable energy solutions in emerging markets, to managing institutional investment funds for multifamily housing, I have been cultivating impact my entire career. I earned my MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago, and have dedicated over 25 years to developing blended finance solutions, using private, public and philanthropic funds to finance affordable and workforce housing in the US and South Africa, and renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure in the Americas, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.   


I frequently was the only women in the room, whether that room was in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, or as the 1st female CEO for a renewable finance company in the Abu Dhabi Global Markets.  I blend data driven analysis with heart-centered leadership, ensuring that all valid perspectives are considered, and that decisions are based on strong financial foundations and also grounded in high ethical standards. 

  • Fannie Mae, ESG Director.
  • Stumpf Energy, Founding CEO, registered and built one of the first female-led investment companies in the Abu Dhabi Global Markets jurisdiction, while also establishing subsidiary companies and operations in Thailand and the Philippines. Stumpf Energy catalyzed solar markets by developing, designing, contracting and financing distributed energy to commercial and industrial clients.
  • M+W Energy, Executive Vice President Emerging Markets, led expansion of renewable energy solutions into Mexico, the Caribbean, Thailand and the Philippines for this 110+ year old German company with operations in 35 countries.
  • CleanPath, Co-founder and CFO, of a $10 million platform to finance distressed solar development projects.
  • Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, M&A and Investor Relations.
  • Municipal Mortgage & Equity (MMA), Principal, global new business initiatives including organizing $280 million for first workforce housing fund in South Africa, and over $300 million for high yield and mezzanine    finance into multifamily housing and commercial real estate, also led investor relations for public company  (NYSE: MMA).
  • Accenture, Practice Management.
  • Institute for Man and the Environment in the Amazon (IMAZON).


IMBA in Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

MPP in Public Finance and Tax, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; 

BA in Latin American Studies, University of Chicago