Melissa Ko, the founder of Covepoint Capital Advisors LLC, has been a resident of New York City for over 25 years, and she is incredibly grateful to be able to call this wonderful, eclectic, sleepless city her home.

Melissa KoMelissa Ko is no stranger to big cities, but she can confidently say that New York City is her favorite American city. Melissa grew up in South Korea, came to the United States in her early teens and subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Melissa Ko became well acquainted with Cambridge and Boston during the four years that she called them home, and was reluctant to leave. But Melissa knew that there were other spaces to explore, and her next big-city stop was the city of brotherly love (otherwise known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) to attend Wharton School of Business.

Business in the City That Never Sleeps

Post-graduation, Melissa Ko knew that New York City was the place for her. There are few places in the world that have what New York City has to offer in terms of career prospects, culture, and experiences. She moved to the city and immediately became immersed in the world of Finance and Investment Banking that New York has to offer. Melissa built her career through a variety of opportunities, starting at Deutsche Bank, then Blue Border Partners, and Bear Stearns before finally breaking away and creating Covepoint Capital Advisors, where she is currently working as managing partner.

But, New York City is more than just business for Melissa Ko. It’s her home, and she’s become deeply involved with so many beautiful aspects of the city.

Arts in the Melting Pot of the World

Melissa Ko has a profound appreciation and respect for classical music and the opera, and she is a firm believer in giving back to the arts. She is a Young Associate Director on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera.  The Metropolitan Opera (most commonly known as “The Met”) is housed in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest in North America and puts on about 27 different performances between the fall and spring. They focus on a variety of musical time periods: everything from early Baroque to “modern” minimalism pieces from the 20th century. Melissa loves everything that the Met has to offer, and knows that only a city like New York could house an opera of this magnitude.

Food in the Big Apple

New York City is a melting pot of cultures and therefore offers cuisines of any origin you can dream of.  Melissa Ko and her family have found restaurants in this city that will undoubtedly be lifelong favorites. There are some that remind her of home, and some that awaken her desire to visit an entirely new part of the world. One of the best parts of living in New York is that there will always be something, fun, new, and undoubtedly delicious to try.

Join Melissa Ko as she shares all of her favorite parts of the city.