Keith Karako

Keith Karako
Vice Chair

Professional Bio

A devoted Penn State alumnus and leader who has served on the University’s Stewardship Committee as well as other boards and committees, Keith and has been a mentor for both the Smeal College of Business and the College of the Liberal Arts. Before retiring, Keith enjoyed a forty-year career in finance, the last thirty-seven of which he spent at Citibank, where he was the global head of trade finance. For twelve years, Keith served as an NGO member of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws. He has been a generous benefactor of the College of the Liberal Arts, establishing endowments supporting undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in Asian Studies and other units. He has also supported other Penn State colleges including Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Architecture, and Eberly College of Science.


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