Catherine (Reidy) Kress serves as a Director and Chief of Staff to the Chairman of BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). In this role, she contributes to the development of BII's views on a range of geopolitical issues and liaises with investors and key stakeholders on matters of geopolitical importance. Catherine also is a key member of BlackRock’s External Affairs initiative, supporting BlackRock’s efforts related to corporate affairs and public policy. Prior to joining BlackRock, Catherine worked as an analyst on Eurasia Group's Global Strategy and Analytics team, where she oversaw the firm's comparative research and drove strategic initiatives on behalf of the founder and president. She was a student in the Kellogg Institute’s International Scholars Program (ISP) while attending the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a BA in psychology and anthropology. She went on to complete an MSc in African studies at Oxford University, where she was a Clarendon Scholar.
2013 - Clarendon Scholarship; Oxford University recognizes the best students worldwide, awarding 100 scholarships each year divided equally among the four divisions of study at Oxford: Humanities; Medical Sciences; Math and Science; and Social Sciences