Serving as President of the Structured Finance Association, Kristi Leo has more than 20 years of financial services experience, specializing in asset finance, securitization and capital markets. In this capacity, she oversees the development and implementation of SFA’s strategic plan and manages day to day execution across the organization’s programs and initiatives including policy and advocacy, communication, education and research. Kristi’s involvement with the Structured Finance Association included working as a part-time advisor, via Boulder Advisors, since shortly after SFA’s founding in 2013 until accepting the role as President in June 2019.
Prior to joining the Structured Finance Association, Kristi was Founder and President of Boulder Advisors, a full-service advisory firm delivering comprehensive strategic and financing solutions to the structured finance industry and broader capital markets. As a trusted advisor to clients ranging from specialty finance companies and banks to institutional investors, she advised on over $2.2 billion in debt and equity capital commitments and investment opportunities for established originators, first-time issuers, early stage companies, private equity firms and hedge firms. She also served as an advisor to the board of directors of multiple specialty finance and financial technology companies.
Spending a significant portion of her career at Deutsche Bank in the Securitized Product Group prior to founding Boulder Advisors, Kristi served as a managing director in various capacities including most recently Co-Head of the U.S. Structured Finance Origination and Banking Group and Head of the Unsecured Consumer Asset Group. In these roles, Kristi led a team of banking professionals responsible for providing issuers and investors with financing, structuring, valuation and advisory services across an array of securitization products.
Kristi earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with honors distinction from Texas A&M University. Gig ‘em Aggies.