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ABA: The American Bankers Association

Karin Flynn

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ABA as chief financial officer, Karin served as the CFO and vice president of administration for the National Presbyterian School, where she was responsible for all financial operations, facilities, human resources, IT and non-academic functions of the school. Karin also managed the first significant expansion of the school in 20 years, a $6 million project. Following her tenure at NPS, she served as consultant to the leadership at Landon School, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, and Community of Hope.

Karin started her career as a member of the research staff with the Palo Alto Research Center at Xerox. She led research and development agendas on high-profile research projects in the areas of mobile computing, personal digital assistants, replicated databases, internet caching and attribute-based document management. She also was instrumental in creating an intellectual property release process based on IBM’s alphaWorks, which allowed PARC to accelerate the transition of research prototypes to marketable initiatives.

In 2002, Karin joined the Parthenon Group in San Francisco, a boutique strategy consulting firm that was originally founded by partners from Bain & Company and later merged with EY. Karin worked on a variety of projects, including business opportunities for private securitization of student loans in California, Indian Motorcycle marketing and manufacturing and due diligence for a hardware startup serving the networked storage-farm market.

Karin was born in Venezuela and studied computer science and engineering at the Universidad Simón Bolívar. She later earned a PhD in computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.