Ms. Blackford joined Ponder & Co. in 2019. As a director in the Capital Advisory Group, she is responsible for evaluating hospital financial performance, assisting with rating agency strategies, and developing and executing financing plans for her clients.
Previously, Ms. Blackford worked for over eight years at Morgan Stanley specializing in tax-exempt financings for not-for-profit healthcare providers. Ms. Blackford’s experience includes over $10 billion of transactions for leading health systems across the country funding system growth, facility and business line expansion, and debt refunding and restructuring. She has also worked on engagements focused on strategic growth through acquisition or partnership, asset monetization, and divestitures. Prior to covering healthcare, Ms. Blackford spent two years providing investment banking services to transportation and infrastructure issuers.
Ms. Blackford holds a B.A. in economics from Amherst College and an executive M.B.A. from Columbia Business School with Dean’s Honors and Distinction. She is a registered Municipal Advisor (Series 50).