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Personal Information

I am a child of the late '60s with a teen daughter and a biochemist (now ex-) husband. Together we have traveled to well over 100 countries, which was our passion and often our raison d'Ítre over a quarter century spent together. SmellyPlaces, the Plaxco family travel website, was created in 2001 as a 10th wedding anniversary present (thank you, dear!) dedicated to chronicling our travels to some of the more aromatic and delicious regions of the world. Kevin is a professor at UCSB and a lifetime member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. Our daughter Zoe's webpage is painfully outdated. But you can check it out anyway.

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Professional Information

Lisa M. Plaxco, Chartered Financial Analyst

Head, CFA Program
CFA Institute
915 E. High St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Director, First Quadrant, L.P.
800 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 900
Pasadena, CA 91101
First Quadrant is an affiliate of Affiliated Managers Group

As Director and Portfolio Manager in First Quadrant's global macro group, Lisa shared responsibility for research, implementation and marketing of First Quadrant's TAA, currency, and global macro strategies, with specific expertise in asset allocation and rebalancing.Lisa joined First Quadrant in January 1992, serving first as the senior researcher for the US equity strategy and later as the head researcher in the London office. Lisa returned to the Pasadena office in 1997 and earned her CFA charter in 2004.

Before entering finance, she was a research scientist for Maxdem, a polymer chemistry company in San Dimas and taught physics at Westridge School for Girls in South Pasadena. Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology, having studied organometallic catalysis under Harry Gray and atomistic simulations under Bill Goddard.

Articles, book chapters and monographs

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Mountaineering Experiences

Links to History

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Last revised: February 2016