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Todd Fisher

Program Director American Rescue Plan, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Wednesday, June 8
Lunch Plenary | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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Todd currently serves as the Program Director of the American Rescue Plan at the U.S. Economic Development Administration where he is responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the EDA’s $3 billion American Rescue Plan programs.
 
Todd had a 30-year career in the finance and investment industry as a private equity investor and C-level business leader, including 25 years at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), a $60 billion global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, credit and real assets, where he was a Partner and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Fisher joined KKR as a private equity investor in San Francisco in 1993 and became a founding member of KKR’s European private equity business, building the firm’s European franchise and living in London between 1999 and 2010. As CAO from 2008 until the end of 2017, he built and was responsible for all business operations functions (finance, legal, IT, HR, public affairs, risk, budgeting and strategy) during a period of rapid growth and transition to becoming a public company. In addition, he founded, built and oversaw the firm’s real estate investment business from 2011-2017. He chaired KKR’s Management Committee and Risk Committee and sat on a number of the firm’s Real Estate and Private Equity Investment and Portfolio Committees. Prior to KKR, he worked for Goldman Sachs in NY and Drexel Burnham Lambert in Los Angeles.
 
At the end of 2017, Todd decided to retire from KKR to pursue a second career focused on social impact and economic mobility. He spent a year as a Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) and then joined Year Up, a workforce-oriented not for profit focused on closing the opportunity divide by connecting diverse young adults to high quality jobs and employers and providing them the skills, experience and support to be successful. From 2019 through 2021, he was Managing Director of Scalable Solutions at Year Up, creating and leading a 15-person innovation team that designed and stood up a number of new, cost-effective and scalable Year Up-like programs in multiple markets in partnership with local training providers and other community organizations.
 
Todd holds a BA in Biology from Brown University, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.

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