Keith Cardoza

Chief Investment Officer

The miracle of compound interest captivated Keith at an early age. He used his earnings from his first summer job for a Wall Street Journal subscription and his first mutual fund investment. This enthusiasm led him to pursue a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. Continuing his academic journey, Keith earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and later chaired the CFA Society Chicago.

Keith began his career at the Illinois State Board of Investment pension fund, managing its $6 billion equity portfolio. Then at Boeing, he chaired its Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation Committee overseeing $41 billion in assets. Of note, he created the first patented, intellectual property-based stock index.

In his mission to leverage his institutional investment knowledge to build wealth for high-net-worth families, Keith joined BRF as its Chief Investment Officer in 2008. He has been pivotal in the firm’s asset allocation and manager selection process.

Committed to giving back, Keith chairs the investment committee and serves as vice chair of the board for the Malta Human Services Foundation, a national non-profit which helps the sick and the poor. He serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s Capital Campaign Leadership Committee. He served on the executive committees of the Economic Club of Chicago and Steppenwolf Theatre, as well as on the board of Joffrey Ballet. He is an active member of the Commercial Club of Chicago reflecting his enduring community engagement. Personally, Keith’s wanderlust has taken him to more than fifty countries, adding depth to his global perspective.

Committee Service

  • Investment Strategy Committee, Co-Chair
  • Executive Committee
  • Impact Investing Committee
  • Private Investments Committee
  • Public Markets Committee