Catherine Beard, CFA, is Director of Research of Blueprint Capital Advisors LLC with responsibility for manager sourcing and research. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in traditional and alternative strategies including experience as a “buy-side” credit analyst on proprietary trading and hedge fund desks as well as experience in manager research, fund due diligence and portfolio management. Prior to joining BCA, Catherine was a Senior Manager on the Absolute Return Team of the $60 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. In this capacity, she was responsible for developing strategy and implementation of the Trust’s allocation to Alternative Credit strategies and managers including private credit, direct lending, long/short credit, distressed and opportunistic strategies. Prior joining the Trust in 2013, Catherine was a senior member of the Hedge Fund Research Team at Mercer Investment Consulting, where she was focused on researching Absolute Return Credit strategies. During her tenure at Mercer, Catherine worked directly with corporate and public pension plans to implement over $1.5 billion of alternative manager allocations. She also authored in-depth white papers on distressed investing and strategic allocation within the alternative credit space. Prior to Mercer, Catherine was a credit analyst for UBS O’Connor's multi-strategy hedge fund and Northern Trust's high yield business in Chicago. In these capacities, she conducted fundamental credit analysis and provided relative value-driven investment recommendations across the capital structure. She started her career at Bank of America where she was a leveraged loan analyst on the proprietary trading desk.
Catherine received her BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and her MBA in Finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.