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FutureAdvisor was founded in 2010 when Bo Lu and Jon Xu, then at Microsoft, noticed that their friends were having trouble knowing how and where to invest. They realized that good financial advice is easy to apply at scale when powered by technology, and FutureAdvisor was born.
Chief Executive Officer
Bo leads business operations and strategy. Previously, Bo spent over five years at Microsoft, working in Product Planning and Program Management. Bo earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Technology and Management, graduating with Highest Honors.
Chief Technology Officer
Jon serves as Co-Founder at FutureAdvisor, where he oversees the engineering organization. Before founding FutureAdvisor, he worked on Exchange ActiveSync, Windows Live Mobile, and Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft. Jon holds a degree in Computer Science from MIT.
Chief Operating Officer
Kameron is responsible for company operations and business strategy. Previously, he led US Retail Technology for BlackRock, helping to drive the FutureAdvisor acquisition and integration into BlackRock Solutions. Kameron has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Yale University.
Chief Compliance Officer
Shahriar oversees FutureAdvisor’s regulatory compliance. Previously, he was counsel at UBS and D. E. Shaw & Co., supporting the quant trading and swaps businesses. Prior to that, he led the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission’s private fund adviser and quant trading exam program and swaps rulemaking. Shahriar has a JD from American University, MTS from Harvard University, and BA from the University of Virginia.
Adam provides primary legal support to FutureAdvisor. Adam brings 15 years of legal experience in the asset management industry, including 11 years with BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors. Adam obtained his law degree from U.C. Davis, where he received Order of the Coif recognition for academic achievement. Adam has also obtained a Master's Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College.
Ephrat (Bitton) Baradel, Ph.D
Head of Algorithms
Ephrat serves as Principal Scientist at FutureAdvisor, leads the Algorithms team, and is a member of our Investment Committee. Ephrat joined FutureAdvisor in 2012 as one of the earliest members of the team. Ephrat designs and builds the mathematical models used for automated portfolio management, and holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in optimization algorithms.
Head of Business Development
Joe is Head of Sales and Business Development. He leads strategy, negotiations, and relationship management with partner financial institutions. Previously, Joe led business development for SecondMarket and worked in technology investment banking. Joe earned his BS in Economics and his MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Head of Engineering
Brett heads up FutureAdvisor's Engineering team. Over his career he has improved Amazon's recommendations engine, started an educational microlending organization called Vittana, and served as CTO of Infrastructure at Opower. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering.
Head of Investments and Trading
Mike is responsible for investment oversight for FutureAdvisor and is a member of our Investment Committee. He also leads Managed Portfolio Solutions for BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Strategies group in the Americas and is lead portfolio manager for Target Allocation funds. He joined BlackRock in 1999 from Barra. Mike holds a MS in Economics from the University of California, Davis, and a BS, with honors, from the University of California, Davis. He is a CFA charter holder.
Head of Product
Brian is responsible for product strategy and delivery. Previously, he led product organizations across online banking at Corillian/Checkfree/Fiserv, as well as identity management, social media analytics, and enterprise IT platform providers. He also served as a nuclear division officer in the US Navy submarine force. Brian has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSME from the US Naval Academy.
Head of Institutional Client Operations
Megan serves as the Head of Institutional Client Operations, previously leading implementations for FutureAdvisor’s institutional partners. She joined FutureAdvisor in 2014 from Fisher Investments, where she launched private wealth management operations in Europe and Canada, and led their service targeting mass affluent investors. Megan graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies.
Clyde is responsible for directing the design and implementation of FutureAdvisor’s software architecture. Before joining FutureAdvisor as its founding engineer, he was a principal designer and developer of the File Classification Infrastructure in Windows Server at Microsoft. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science at MIT, doing his thesis in the Advanced Network Architecture Group.
Our Investment Committee
FutureAdvisor's Investment Committee is a team of industry leaders with diverse experience. They have spent decades conducting primary research and managing billions of dollars of assets. They apply that expertise to help guide our investment strategy. The Investment Committee includes Mike Gates and Ephrat Baradel, Ph.D. External members of the Investment Committee are:
Ronald Ratcliffe, Ph.D
Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc.
Ronald is the Head of BlackRock's Multi-Asset Investment Risk - Americas West Group and a member of BlackRock's Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group.
Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc.
Kevin is BlackRock’s Global Head of Managed Models within the Multi-Asset Strategies Group. He is primarily responsible for investment oversight of the Managed Models business.
We are an award-winning registered investment advisory firm serving clients nationwide from our offices in downtown San Francisco. Our team of Chartered Financial Analysts, data scientists, and our portfolio manager use software to monitor and manage our clients' investment accounts from a household-wide, long-term perspective. Our designers, engineers, marketers, and service specialists are hard at work to build the best possible client experience.
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