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Karen O’Brien

Financial Economist
International Analysis and Banking Condition Division

(202) 649-6164

Karen O’Brien is a financial economist of the International and Bank Condition division at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Prior to joining the OCC in 2012, Ms. O’Brien was a supervisory financial analyst at Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and a research manager for Online Financial Services at International Data Corporation (IDC) in Framingham, Mass. Ms. O’Brien began her career as a research assistant in economics at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, rising to Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions in the Management Sciences division.

Ms. O’Brien earned a BA in economics and government from Cornell University and an MBA in finance from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. O’Brien’s research interests include the condition of the U.S. banking system, and emerging risks that it faces. Ms. O’Brien recently spent a year-long detail in Supervision Risk Management supporting the OCC’s National Risk Committee.