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KATHRYN O'CONNOR GARDNER
With over 20 years of experience on Wall Street, Kathryn has a demonstrated focus on women, developing a program for high performing female Vice Presidents on the sell-side, actively engaging in a women’s employee group on the buy-side, and serving as an advisor for female-founded companies. She has experience serving as an advisor for startups on strategy, financial analysis and capital market transactions.
Kathryn O’Connor Gardner is currently a Senior Vice President and Corporate Credit Research Analyst within AllianceBernstein’s high-yield research group, focusing on the energy sector. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, she was a managing director on the sell-side at Deutsche Bank. Gardner holds a BS in economics and a BA in business administration (Walter A. Haas School of Business) from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding board member of the Haas Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership, which seeks to build the economic case for supporting workplace diversity, and is a member of the Haas Dean's Advisory Circle, which brings together the school's next generation of leaders. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, John Gardner, an entrepreneur and founder himself, and as well as their two children, Jack and Cole.
President and Founder of CSNK2A1 Foundation, an organization devoted to advocating and finding a cure for individuals diagnosed with Okur-Chung Neurodevelopmental Syndrome (“OCNDS”). OCNDS is an ultra-rare genetic disorder that causes severe developmental delay. Jennifer was inspired to become an advocate for individuals and their families affected by OCNDS following the 2016 diagnosis of her nine-year-old daughter Juliet with the condition. Through her daily management of the Foundation, Jennifer is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and their families affected by OCNDS.
In addition to her work with the Foundation and full-time role as a mom to Juliet and son Jasper, Jennifer is an Estate Planning and Tax Attorney, working with local non-profit organizations to advise them on planned giving and fundraising. She serves as a Mentor to a first generation college student for the Pay it Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program at CSUMB. She also serves as a Board Member for BOK Ranch, a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding for clients with special needs. Jennifer is a Contributor on The Mighty.
Jennifer received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Pepperdine University. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jason, their two children, Juliet and Jasper, and their mini zoo of dogs and cats with big personalities, including Marty McFly, Bogey, Lucky Strike and Nori Snacks.