Blake Brophy

Chief Financial Officer

Blake Brophy leads CAF America’s financial operations and regional finance teams, including CAF America’s west coast operations.  Prior to joining CAF America, Brophy directed finance and accounting for functions for Arabella Advisors. Holding an MBA from Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Blake began his career in the tax practice of Arthur Andersen LLP servicing a broad array of clients including corporations, partnerships, trusts and high-wealth individuals.

In his private time, Brophy is committed to supporting a vibrant arts and culture environment throughout the greater Washington, D.C. community.  He has served on the boards of three performing arts organizations and has performed in and directed numerous staged productions with several local theatre groups.  He lives on Capitol Hill and enjoys spending summer afternoons rooting for the home team at Nationals Park.

What inspires me to do what I do
I enjoy being able to work within an industry that has a direct positive impact on the world in which we live – be it through charitable human services issues, environmental impacts or arts and cultural initiatives.

Nicknames
I’ve never really had one but at a recent Thanksgiving my 3-year-old niece insisted on referring to me as “that guy.”

Likes
I’ve had a lifelong interest in the performing arts – music and theatre. I enjoy cooking and enjoying new and interesting recipes – sometimes I will pick up an unusual ingredient from the market just to explore what I can do with it. Sportswise, I generally follow the Nationals and enjoy watching the winter & summer Olympics.

If I won a million dollars
I’d try to keep a low profile and invest the funds in a manner that would allow me to draw a reasonable amount over time to maintain a “comfortable” standard of living while also giving back to my family & community.

Book that moved me
Two of my favorites are John Irving’s “A Short Prayer for Owen Meany” and Dave Eggers’ “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.”

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I performed onstage at the Kennedy Center with the Kirov’s Ballet “dark” interpretration of The Nutcracker several years ago. I played a “flaming cannonball” during the Rat Battle and then an oversized candy stick at the top of the second act. I couldn’t see out of my costume and ended up walking directly into the proscenium before a ballerina took me by the elbow and prodded me into the wings. Maybe nobody noticed.

Slogans for life
Focus on the solution, not the problem.

Guilty pleasure
$1 oysters at the raw bar around the corner from my house.

Thing that really baffles me
Jell-O is made from hooves.

A person I’d love to meet
Benjamin Franklin. My paternal grandmother. Cher.

Favorite meal
A classic lobster roll.

Random fact about me
When I was in grade school, I composed a “symphonic” work which I fully scored and conducted for the school band during our spring concert. I must have been 11 years old. I can still hum it from memory. While I wouldn’t have been at all familiar with his work at the time, it definitely has a Philip Glass sound to it.

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