Mary Kissel | Corporate | Stephens

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Mary Kissel

Executive Vice President, Senior Policy Advisor

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Mary Kissel

Ms. Kissel is Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Stephens Inc. In this role, she provides advice on geopolitical risk and macroeconomic trends to Stephens clients and the Stephens management team. She joined the firm in March 2021.

From October 2018 to January 2021, Ms. Kissel served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. Prior to joining the State Department, she had a long and distinguished career on The Wall Street Journal editorial board, including stints as chief foreign policy writer in New York City and Asia-Pacific editorial page editor, based in Hong Kong. She began her career at Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Kissel hosts the Nixon Seminar on Conservative Realism and National Security, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of the American Australian Council, The Marathon Initiative, and RXO, Inc. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.