Mary Kissel is executive vice president and senior policy advisor at Stephens Inc. Previously, Ms. Kissel served as senior advisor for policy and messaging to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. Prior to joining the State Department, she had a long and distinguished career at The Wall Street Journal editorial board, including stints as chief foreign policy writer in New York and editorial-page editor for Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Ms. Kissel is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Nixon Seminar on Conservative Realism and National Security. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.