Karen Wong

Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing


Karen Wong is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing at State Street Global Advisors. In this capacity, she leads the ESG functions including ESG investment strategy, ESG integration, and asset stewardship. She is responsible for developing and driving the firmwide ESG positioning and business strategy, defining the ESG product roadmap, and coordinating with the broader State Street ESG initiatives to amplify our collective voice. She chairs SSGA's ESG Committee and is a member of SSGA's Executive Management Group and State Street's Executive ESG Oversight Committee.

Before joining State Street Global Advisors, Karen worked at Mellon Investments Corporation for more than 20 years, where she held various investment and leadership positions. Most recently, she was Head of Index Portfolio Management overseeing over $300 billion assets in equity and fixed income index and beta strategies, with primary responsibility for portfolio management and business strategy. In addition, she was Mellon’s ESG Champion and collaborated across the firm to drive ESG integration. In 2014, she developed and launched Mellon’s first green beta product, a landmark sustainable investment solution.

Karen is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Accounting. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.