Pareen Kohlhaas

Pareen Kohlhaas

Pareen Kohlhaas is the chief operating officer at COOP Careers. She spent 13 years working in financial services across New York and London at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Nomura. In 2015, she transitioned into the nonprofit sector through the Broad Residency in Urban Education, serving as the director of recruitment for KIPP NJ and consulting in talent strategy at East Harlem Tutorial Program and College Advising Corps. Most recently, she was chief operating officer at the SIFMA Foundation, a national financial education nonprofit.

She was born in India and came to the U.S. at age 4. She grew up in New Jersey and completed her undergraduate degree at Villanova University and a Master’s in finance at London Business School.

She currently resides in her hometown of Middletown, New Jersey, with her husband, Michael, their two sons, Julian and Teddy, and their dog, Penny. Pareen speaks five languages and loves to travel.

Why the Back Office Must Be a Priority

Picture this: A funder is about to sign on the dotted line, but they ask to see your financials. You pull numbers from your system only to realize they don’t look quite right. Upon investigation, you realize they’re not correct and discover the root of the problem is issues with your finance process — employees are tagging expenses with the wrong codes.