Karen Kochevar


Ms. Kochevar currently serves as an independent board director for high-growth, private companies on three continents. She is a retired partner and chief financial officer of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), a NYC-based hospitality company that has created some of the country’s most celebrated restaurants including Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, and which became an international hospitality conglomerate during her tenure. As CFO, she led the company’s accounting, finance, legal and IT functions, a role that expanded on her long-held leadership of USHG’s strategic business development efforts. Ms. Kochevar’s near-decade tenure with USHG began in 2005 and followed a career in financial services, which included a decade on Wall Street working in private equity and investment banking for such leading firms as Warburg Pincus and Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Kochevar also serves as chairman of Greyston Foundation, a nationally recognized leader in social enterprise, and as a board member of Young Survival Coalition, the country’s premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. She earned an MBA with distinction in finance from Wharton and an A.B. from Stanford.