David W. Karp

Founding Partner

David W. Karp is Founding Partner at PagnatoKarp, an independent wealth specialist firm based in Reston, VA with $3.8 billion in assets under advisement¹. David has more than 25 years of experience providing sound financial investment and wealth strategies. He is the primary point of contact for PagnatoKarp’s Family Office clients whom he has successfully advised through portfolio creation, implementation, due diligence and ongoing management. David also provides business owners with private and direct investment diligence, negotiation and structuring.

David previously worked through HighTower Advisors and spent 15 years with Merrill Lynch, where he was part of the Washington, D.C. Private Banking & Investment Group. David’s prior tenure also includes time with Morgan Stanley as a private portfolio manager, Jeffries & Company as an investment banking associate and Oppenheimer & Company as an equities research analyst.

In 2014, David was recognized as a fiduciary and quoted in Tony Robbins’ best-selling book, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, on the importance of the fiduciary standard in financial advisor/client relationships.

In the community, David was a Founding Board Member for the Spookstock Foundation, whose mission is to provide support to the families of officers from the US special forces and intelligence communities who have died in the line of duty. In 2016, David helped PagnatoKarp to build a “Home of Hope” in the Dominican Republic for a family in need. He is also active locally with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The Langley School and The McLean School.

A recipient of The Abby Joel Butler Scholarship at American University, David attended the Kogod School of Business. He is a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife, Holly, and their two daughters.

¹As of 9/30/18