Meet the People at BlackRock®

BlackRock's Multi Asset Strategies & Solutions (MASS) group has an extensive track record of building innovative strategies and is responsible for actively constructing and monitoring the model portfolio.

  • More than 295 investment specialists help build the model portfolios1
  • More than $956 billion (MASS AUM) in assets with more than $36 billion specifically in multi-asset income-oriented portfolio strategies1
  • Leveraging BlackRock's more than 30 years' experience in risk management strategies1

BlackRock Investment Management, LLC Executive Team1

Michael Fredericks

  • MANAGING DIRECTOR
  • Joined BlackRock: 2011

Michael Fredericks is head of Income Investing for the Blackrock Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions (MASS) group and lead portfolio manager for a suite of income-oriented investment solutions. His team is responsible for portfolio management, risk monitoring and tactical asset allocation across global income strategies. Mr. Fredericks joined BlackRock in 2011 from JPMorgan Asset Management where he was an Executive Director and portfolio manager in the Global Multi-Asset Group (GMAG) responsible for retail asset allocation solutions. At JPMorgan he co-managed the JPMorgan Diversified Fund and the JPMorgan Income Builder Fund, and served on the GMAG New York investment committee. Previously he was an equity analyst responsible for global consumer discretionary stocks at Nicholas Applegate Capital Management. Mr. Fredericks holds a B.A. in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.P.I.A. from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He regularly contributes to financial news media and has been featured in print and broadcast outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Associated Press, CNBC and Bloomberg TV, among others.

Alex Shingler, CFA®

  • Managing Director
  • JOINED BLACKROCK: 2009

Alex Shingler is a portfolio manager for a suite of income-oriented investment solutions. Mr. Shingler is a member of the BlackRock Multi-Asset Income team, which is responsible for portfolio management, risk monitoring and tactical asset allocation across global income strategies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Shingler served as a research analyst and portfolio manager within BlackRock's European and US credit businesses. Before joining BlackRock in 2009 in London, he focused on special situation equity and debt investments. He began his career as an analyst with J.P. Morgan. Mr. Shingler earned an AB degree, summa cum laude, in philosophy from Princeton University.

Justin Christofel, CFA®, CAIA

  • MANAGING DIRECTOR
  • Joined BlackRock: 2007

Justin Christofel is a portfolio manager for a suite of income-oriented investment solutions. Mr. Christofel is a member of the BlackRock Multi-Asset Strategies Income team, which is responsible for portfolio management, risk monitoring and tactical asset allocation across global income strategies. Prior to the launch of the Income strategies, Mr. Christofel managed customized asset allocation portfolios for institutional investors. He also managed volatility control strategies, and a multi-asset real return portfolio. Mr. Christofel joined Blackrock in 2007 from Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm specializing in financial services. His projects spanned from retail banking to structured finance. 

Mr. Christofel graduated from Yale University with a BA degree, with honors, in economics and mathematics.