Kristal is a portfolio manager for Nuveen’s leveraged finance team with a focus on the management of high yield mandates. She is also a member of the Investment Committee for global fixed income. Partnering with the Responsible Investing team since 2014, Kristal was integral in the early adoption of ESG integration across the firm’s global fixed income strategies. Kristal joined the firm in 2001 and has worked on investments in corporate private placements, project finance, lease finance and investment-grade public debt offerings across a variety of industries. She joined Nuveen’s leveraged finance team in 2009 as a senior research analyst covering the gaming, leisure and retail industries. Kristal graduated with a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. She holds the CFA designation, is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.