Kathryn Punke


B.A. History, Lehigh University 2006
B.A. Economics, Lehigh University 2006

Career After Graduation: I started my career at J.P. Morgan in a 2 year rotational program where I had the opportunity to rotate around different lines of business within J.P. Morgan.  After the program, I settled into the Investment Bank Finance department and held a variety of roles (including Project Management, Financial Control, and Business Management).  One of the highlights of my career was being the Finance lead on a project to integrate the Bear Stearns settlement and clearing infrastructure with J.P. Morgan's trading and accounting platforms after the two companies merged back in 2008.  After 6 years in the Investment Bank, I recently moved into the Corporate Sector to help establish a new organization called the Risk Controller Team and I am now currently the Credit Risk Controller for the firm.  The skills that I learned while at Lehigh, specifically pursuing my History degree (things like clear and concise communication, critical thinking, etc), have proved invaluable over the course of my career and have helped me get to where I am today