Catherine Verhoff leads PGIM’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She and her team of diversity professionals develop strategic inclusion initiatives, create and promote talent management programs, collaborate with Human Resources on recruiting and retention efforts, and partner with internal and external advocacy and affinity organizations. Before assuming this role on January 1, 2016, she served for more than five years as PGIM’s chief legal officer, where she managed a team of more than 70 attorneys supporting eight asset management businesses in 15 cities across the globe. Before taking the helm of PGIM’s law department, Ms. Verhoff was part of PGIM Real Estate’s law department for 10 years, serving as chief legal officer for her last five years there.
Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate’s law department in November 2000, Ms. Verhoff was a senior associate in the corporate department at the New York City firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, where she began her legal career. While at Kramer Levin, she represented a wide range of clients on a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and public and private offerings of securities. Before entering the legal field, she served for many years as the director of operations at the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the preeminent environmental organizations in the United States.
In addition to her role at PGIM, Ms. Verhoff is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and of the U.S. Leadership Committee for Out Leadership. She is also the author of “Environmental Racism: Why Communities of Color Lose in Environmental Politics,” Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, March/April 1994.
Ms. Verhoff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Akron and graduated cum laude from New York Law School, where she was on the staff of the Journal of Human Rights. She is admitted to the Bars of New York and New Jersey.