Has This Woman Figured Out How to Cure Blindness?
by Eric Cortellessa
Karen Petrou’s office is bare. A desk and chair, a computer, a sofa. There is no art on the wall. In this modest space—in a not-so-modest Dupont Circle building—Petrou runs a consultancy, Federal Financial Analytics, where she has become one of the most influential financial regulation experts in the world. On a given day, she fields dozens of calls from government officials, bankers, investors, and reporters, all of whom want her input on some esoteric regulatory issue that only a tiny number of human beings understand.