Ross Kari is a native Oregonian who received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon.
Kari spent a large portion of his career – from 1983 to 2001 – at Wells Fargo, rising from senior financial analyst to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He has also served as chief financial officer of myCFO, Inc., chief operating officer for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; chief financial officer of Safeco Corporation in Seattle; and as chief financial officer of Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati. He was named executive vice president and CFO at Freddie Mac in September 2009 – a position he held until late 2013. In that position he was responsible for the company's financial controls, accounting, investor relations, financial planning and reporting, tax, capital oversight, compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, and oversight of the Investment and Capital Markets division.
Kari is a member of the board of directors for Goldman Sachs Business Development Company and a member of the board of Eugene-based Summit Bank. Kari is a former member of the UO Lundquist College of Business Board of Advisors. He served as a director and chair of the board's audit committee for KKR Financial Holdings LLC– a publicly traded specialty finance company – since the company’s inception in 2004 through 2014. He served from 2007 to 2008 as a director of The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.