About the Foundation

Board & Staff

Kathleen O. Gerdes

Harris Associates LP

Kathleen O. Gerdes ‘Katie’ currently serves as the Managing Director of Marketing and Client Relations for Harris Associates LP.  Harris Associates L.P. is an asset manager based in Chicago with over $100 billion under management.  She has been in her current position for the past decade and is in charge of platform/intermediary relationships for Harris and the Oakmark Family of mutual funds.

Prior to joining Harris Associates L.P., Katie was a Vice President of Business Development for Stein Roe & Farnham, a Chicago based wealth management firm for 9 years.

She began her career working at the Hull House Association as a planning and development associate from 1994-1997.

She and her husband John Stoops opened the Revival Theater earlier in 2016 with a goal of bringing comedy improvisation back to its birthplace in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Katie currently serves on the Board for the 501c-3 attached to the theater.  She has also been part of the volunteer team for the Three Oaks Theater Festival for the past 3 seasons.  In addition, Katie served as a member of the Illinois Finance Committee for the Obama campaign for both the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.

Katie resides in Hyde Park with her husband and 5-year old son.