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About Us

Moirai’s mission is to empower our clients to shape their financial future by giving them the advice, encouragement, and tools they need to identify and reach their goals. By providing unbiased and objective financial advice, we assure peace of mind for high-net-worth individuals and their families.

Financial decisions made today can impact generations to come,
which is why we focus on creating plans that will last for generations.”

— Karen M. Schmid, CFA, Principal & Founder

As an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), Moirai is not limited to a single investment platform or specific product offerings. Our dedication to providing exceptional personalized service, world-class financial management, private investment opportunities, and unparalleled independence differentiates Moirai from its peers.

We hold ourselves to the highest level of commitment and stewardship to build trust, value, and long-term stability.

Our clients enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing that we have a fiduciary duty to put their interests first.

We help each client navigate the maze of choices and make informed decisions to shape their financial destiny.

View our Client Relationship Summary (Form CRS).

Financial decisions made today can impact generations to come,
which is why we focus on creating plans that will last for generations.”

— Karen M. Schmid, CFA, Principal & Founder

The ancient Greeks believed the Moirai weaved the metaphorical threads of life for every mortal, from birth to death. These three goddesses of fate and destiny embody the underlying philosophy of Moirai Wealth Management, providing clients with the best advice to make informed choices to achieve their personal financial goals.

Moirai:
pronounced “MWA-RAY”

Services

We examine all aspects of your financial affairs and create tailored strategies to help you fulfill your investment goals. We are your advisor and advocate, integrating the work of other professionals, such as tax accountants, attorneys, bankers, and insurance specialists.

Wealth management is more than just investing. It’s taking a holistic approach to the entire financial picture and creating an optimal strategy that takes all of the factors that impact it into account. We create a free flow of information between experts and their various fields so that we can work together as a team to provide you with the right solutions.

We are tax-sensitive investment advisors who understand it’s not always what you make but what you keep that counts. For investors in higher tax brackets, strategic tax planning is crucial. We work to minimize taxes while maximizing investment returns. In some cases, taxes can be directed through charitable donations and endowment funds that support the causes you care about.

We develop financial goals that reflect our clients’ values and a customized investment portfolio to meet these goals. We create a high-quality portfolio that has the potential for consistent growth over time, emphasizing long-term core holdings of individual securities. Our analysis strategy is top-down: we start from an overall assessment of the economy, identifying sectors that will do well, and then select the strongest companies, crafting a diversified portfolio that can weather market ups and downs.

We review your retirement goals to help you understand your options. We walk you through different scenarios, taking into consideration time, potential market trends, your expenses and cost of living. Depending on your needs, we can help you roll over qualified retirement plans into an IRA and evaluate options for lump sums of cash from nonqualified benefit plans or stock options. Together with your accountants, we provide tax forecasts to help manage your goals and investments during retirement.

Estate planning is one of the most important aspects of your family’s long-term wealth management. We work with our clients and their attorneys to draw up a plan that includes wills, trusts, and guardians for minor children, if necessary. We help people see in concrete terms what their estate plan actually does and how it should be managed during their lifetime and beyond. We facilitate continuity between generations and peace of mind by having the mechanics of strategic wealth transfer in place, minimizing legal costs and tax implications, and pushing down assets to future generations.

Concierge services, financial mentorship and investment education, financial reporting, family governance, philanthropy coordination, and succession planning.

Moirai's comprehensive approach integrates investment management, tax strategy, and estate planning.
It's not just what you make, it's what you keep.”

— Karen M. Schmid, CFA, Principal & Founder

Our Team

An eclectic team of dedicated professionals, we are committed to working together to create strategic solutions that are unique to each of our client’s diverse needs.

Karen M. Schmid, CFA

Karen M. Schmid, CFA

Principal & Founder

Believing the independent advisor model gives clients the best value, Karen established Moirai Wealth Management in 2000. Her ability to provide services on a deep level, to respond to individual needs, and coordinate the financial aspects of major life events are a few of the reasons that many of her clients have been with her for decades.

Karen earned a BA in International Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in International Business from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She began her career working for both a large multinational bank and a boutique investment firm.

Trust, integrity, and fiduciary responsibility are the values upon which Karen built Moirai. After more than 30 years of experience working with high-net-worth families, Karen maintains a strong relationship with every client. She drives investment strategy and manages a team of employees that is committed to providing excellent service.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Karen is an active member of the CFA Society San Francisco. Additionally, she is a trustee for the French American International School in San Francisco and Chairperson of the Finance Committee. In her free time, she loves to cook and is an avid sportsperson. She lives in San Francisco with her son, Rhys, and their dog, Boomer.

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Kate Schapiro, CFA

Kate Schapiro, CFA

Advisor, Research & Investment Strategy

With over 41 years of experience as an investment professional, Kate specializes in global equities portfolio management. Her investment philosophy is centered on high quality companies with growth potential selling at reasonable valuations.

Over the course of her career, Kate has managed mutual funds, co-mingled and employee benefit trust funds, institutional accounts and private client portfolios for companies such as Wells Fargo, Strong Capital Management and Sentinel Investments. She held the position of Chair for the Investment Committee as a trustee of Mills College and served as Interim Executive Director for the CFA Society San Francisco. She currently serves on the Investment Committee for the Board of Regents of Samuel Merritt University.

Using her extensive experience as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and former global mutual fund manager, Kate conducts in-depth research on companies for Moirai Wealth Management client investments. She works closely with Karen in managing and developing client portfolios.

Kate has been featured as a guest on Wall Street Week, Bloomberg TV, and CNBC; and profiled in Barron’s and the New York Times. She is a CFA Charterholder and remains an active member and volunteer. An avid skier, hiker, and bicyclist, she has cycled on six continents.

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Praggya Chaturvedi

Praggya Chaturvedi

Director, Business Development & Marketing Communications

With a proven track record in marketing strategy and communications, Praggya infuses all of her projects with a passion for creativity and a commitment to compliance.

After ten years of experience heading marketing campaigns for corporate law firms, Praggya transitioned to Wells Fargo Advisors, where she helped grow her team to over $2.5 billion in assets under management. 

At Moirai Wealth Management, Praggya is focused on initiating and deepening client relationships, as well as connections within our family office network. By setting objectives and identifying methods to reach those goals, she will increase existing business and capture new opportunities. She particularly enjoys developing educational material, drawing on her degree at Academy of Arts, San Francisco to communicate difficult concepts visually.

In her spare time, Praggya serves on the Advisory Council for The Hive at the California Academy of Sciences, fosters for HARA SF Dog Rescue, and loves backpacking with her dog Charlie.

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Aloe J. Driscoll

Aloe J. Driscoll

Director, Operations & Compliance Program Management

An experienced project manager, Aloe is committed to maximizing efficiency and using technology to its full potential. At Moirai Wealth Management, she structures business operations to meet SEC compliance requirements.

With a strong background in web development and marketing, Aloe has implemented software solutions and led digital marketing efforts for a diverse portfolio of companies, ranging from eCommerce to healthcare. In 2008, she worked in Sales & Marketing for a San Jose startup that was awarded over $500 million in venture capital funding. As Project Manager for Iluminada Design, she managed an extensive portfolio of websites, as well as a team of designers, salespeople, and developers.

Aloe began working with Moirai in 2018. Maximizing the value of existing software, adding new technology platforms, and streamlining business processes are a few of her notable contributions. She works closely with the Chief Compliance Officer and Compliance Attorney to maintain documentation, incorporate procedures, and provide training for Moirai’s compliance program.

A committed athlete, Aloe enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. In her spare time, she is also a freelance writer, with published articles in San Francisco Chronicle, Adventure Sports Journal, and other local publications.

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Matt Light

Matt Light

Director, Information Technology & Security

A lifelong aficionado of computers, Matt has earned the nickname Techno Shaman. He keeps technology infrastructure running smoothly while ensuring data integrity and security.

A voracious autodidact, Matt built his first computer at age twelve, graduated high school at age fifteen, and entered the technology sector straightaway. Since then; he has served as Sales Lead at Best Internet Communications, Operations Manager and Systems Administrator at RF.net, as a consultant for TAOS Mountain, and a Senior Unix Systems Administrator at Click Action. He served as the 24×7 network operations center team lead during his contract from TAOS mountain to Click Action. In 2000, he started a private consulting firm, FEYEF.

Matt began working with Moirai Wealth Management in 2012. Since then, he has recommended and implemented the latest and most secure technology to meet the needs of the team. Encrypting and backing up data in transit and at rest in multiple locations, while keeping the network attack surface virtually hidden, is a notable achievement. His work proved invaluable during the tribulations of 2020, when Moirai’s robust communications infrastructure enhancements allowed business operations to continue seamlessly from anywhere in the world.

When he isn’t providing technical assistance, you can catch him at the beach, bombing hills on a mountain bike, or blazing trails to remote wild hot springs. He lives in Dolores Heights with his amazing partner, two step children, and an adorable super mutt named Iris.

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Caroline R. Liddell

Caroline R. Liddell

Client Service Associate

Always eager to provide assistance, Caroline is a primary contact for clients, CPAs, Estate Planning Attorneys, and other professionals. She also works behind the scenes at Moirai Wealth Management maintaining and reconciling our financial reporting software.

An artist at heart, Caroline earned a BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked in various aspects of customer service across retail, electronics, and healthcare industries.

Caroline began working at Moirai in 2015, showing an affinity for problem solving during data migration to a new portfolio management software platform. Her day-to-day responsibilities include account setup, classification, reporting—and providing exceptional service to clients.

A native Californian, Caroline credits her caring personality to growing up with both sets of grandparents. Her fascination with people in general drives her interest in literature, textiles and various forms of visual arts. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Jeremy, and their daughter, Eleanore.

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Mercedes Abraham

Mercedes Abraham

Client Service Assistant

An experienced caregiver and inherent empath, Mercedes embodies the definition of service. A key point of contact for Moirai Wealth Management clients, she brings compassion and a high level of organization to her work.

While working as an Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in the fields of holistic medicine and international travel, Mercedes honed her communication skills and attention to detail. 

Mercedes is the warm and calming voice on the other end of the Moirai phone line, ready to assist clients and third parties with anything they need. In addition, she keeps Moirai’s client records meticulously organized, assists with data analysis and reporting. She especially enjoys collaborating with others and making procedures more efficient.

In her free time, Mercedes enjoys philosophy, photography, painting, writing, and volunteering with Palomacy, a pigeon rescue organization. She lives in San Francisco with her husband John, Shakti the cat, and Peaches the pigeon.

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Contact Us

    Moirai Wealth Management LLC

    Jackson Square
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    (by appointment only)

    Email: invest@moirai.com Tel: 415.981.1541 Fax:  415.981.1542