About the Author

Karleen Strayer

Vice President and Head of Municipal Research

Karleen is responsible for managing the research team within the Municipal Fixed Income Group at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors, Inc., the investment advisory arm of M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust. In this role, Karleen heads the team charged with analyzing tax-exempt issuers, determining the suitability of their bonds for our client portfolios. Karleen and her team also provide analysis of broader municipal market and sector trends.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, she was a managing director at National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation, a financial guarantor subsidiary of MBIA, Inc. During her 19 years at MBIA, Karleen managed teams in the areas of new business, insured portfolio management, and remediation, primarily focusing on the not-for-profit health care sector. She began her career as a commercial banker in the not-for-profit health care group within the First National Bank of Chicago.

Karleen holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is a CFA® charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Philadelphia. Karleen is also a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Philadelphia Area Municipal Analysts Society. She serves as a board member and is immediate past board chair of The Music School of Delaware.


By the Author

Illinois’ Budget Crisis Redux

Karleen Strayer |
Wilmington Wire
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June 26, 2017—The Illinois General Assembly continues its 10-day special session this week making a last-ditch effort to approve a state budget prior to the start of its fiscal year on July 1. Other states, including Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are still hashing out their budgets, but the stakes for Illinois are much higher.

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Has Hospital Credit Peaked?

Karleen Strayer |
Wilmington Wire

August 3, 2016—In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), conventional wisdom held that by this time—six years after its passage—hospitals would be well down the road in their transition from fee-for-service payment models to value-based, population health models. Stressors from that shift would be evident in hospital financial performance as would the effects of cuts in Medicare payments.

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