KAREY BARKER Founding Managing Director

Founding Managing Director


Karey is a generalist with broad public and private investment experience. She is interested in great business models across sectors and has led investments in a variety of industries, including digital marketplaces (IronPlanet, Ticketfly), consumer internet (Angie’s List, Scopely) health care services (Bravo Health, Assurex Health, Bright Health, Accolade), life sciences (Fluidigm, NxStage) marketing and advertising (BounceX, TubeMogul), and enterprise software and services (Telogis, DocuSign, Drillinginfo, Simplus, Pindrop, Dataminr).

Karey formed the concept for Cross Creek while working as a portfolio manager at Wasatch Advisors, where she spent over 15 years managing small-cap growth stocks. Over time, she saw a need to develop expertise in venture capital, to better understand emerging themes and competition. In 2006, she founded Cross Creek within Wasatch Advisors to address that need and went on to lead the Cross Creek team through its transition to an independent firm in 2012. She also served as a member of the Wasatch Advisors Board of Directors for 17 years. Independent of Cross Creek, she serves on the boards of directors for MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE:MD) and ARUP Laboratories.

Karey holds a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, as well as bachelor’s degrees in finance and French from the University of Utah. She also studied at the Université d’Angers in France. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and especially traveling with her husband and four children, together known as the “B6.” CFA® is a trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Consumer Internet & Digital Marketplaces Health Care Services & Life Sciences
Marketing & Advertising
Enterprise Software & Services