Dr. Matthew McBrady
Matthew R. McBrady, Ph.D., is the former Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock’s Multi-Strategy (MuSt) hedge fund. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr. McBrady served as head of Investment Strategy and Risk Management at Silver Creek Capital Management, and as a private equity investor at Bain Capital. Before moving to the private sector, Dr. McBrady was an award-winning professor at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career, he also served as both an entrepreneur and policy advisor. As an entrepreneur, Dr. McBrady helped establish and grow aQuantive, a pioneer in digital advertising that went public in 2000 and was subsequently acquired by Microsoft. He was also actively involved in transforming TASER International from a small Arizona-based startup into a leading international business. He led the company through its IPO and remained on the Board for 15 years afterwards. As a policy advisor, Dr. McBrady worked as an International Economist for Janet Yellen and Jeffrey Frankel in President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was also recruited by Timothy Geithner to join the Asian Financial Crisis Task Force that later became the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Policy Development and Review. Dr. McBrady earned an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1992, an M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University in 1993, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics in 2002 from Harvard University. He has published research in publications including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Review of Finance, and Journal of Restructuring Finance. He was also a co-author of two Harvard Business School case studies, and co-author of a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization.