Daicoff, Cathy

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Cathy Daicoff
  • Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s since 1989
  • Serves on Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas
  • Inducted into the YWCA Hall of Women Achievers in 1998

Cathy Daicoff graduated from the University of Kansas in 1977 with a degree in Political Science then earned her Masters in Public Administration and Finance from Syracuse University.  In 1978 she began her career at Standard & Poor’s Rating Services in the public finance department. Today she is the Managing Director of U.S. Public Finance and Chair of the Public Finance Criteria Committee.

Daicoff is an inspiring role model for female students who wish to break barriers in their chosen career fields. Her career at Standards & Poor’s in New York and its international branches has been exceptional. In her 35 years at one of the nation’s leading financial firms she has demonstrated exceptional management skills and a willingness to innovate. Daicoff was chosen to establish a Canadian branch of Standards & Poor’s. She then navigated the company’s Latin American firm through a massive economic crisis. Daicoff was the driving force behind the creation of global interdisciplinary initiatives that resulted in an increase of resources within the region. Her efforts both in Canada and Latin America allowed both her firm and the people she served to grow in stability and economic possibility.  

Daicoff’s transparent and welcoming leadership style is truly remarkable. Upon leaving her post in Latin America, Daicoff was named the Senior Policy Officer and Director of Global Policy Training. While in this position she was faced with regulatory changes and a growing need for improved communication within the company. She began soliciting feedback and facilitating open dialogue that led to the establishment of an internal communication policy. She also developed an on-line global policy training that is still in use today.

While building an impressive professional career, Daicoff has managed to remain committed to her alma mater. Ellen Chindamo wrote that “Cathy has served as a role model for students, young professionals, and her fellow alumni.”  She has served as a KU Endowment Trustee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board member, and was a co-chair of the Women Philanthropists for KU. Judy Locy Wright, long-time colleague through KU Endowment, wrote that “Cathy is among KU’s best, most energetic, and committed women leaders, a worthy addition to the KU Women’s Hall of Fame. “

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