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Ann Kappler '79

Ann Kappler is Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Prudential Financial, a Fortune 100 global life insurance, retirement and asset management company. Ms. Kappler oversees the Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs (government affairs) departments, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She also manages the company’s federal, state and international government affairs activities, and the public policy function. Ms. Kappler is Executive Sponsor of the department’s Inclusion and Diversity initiatives.

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Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Kappler was a partner in the Financial Institutions, Litigation, and Public Policies and Strategies practice groups at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. Prior to returning to private practice in 2006, Ms. Kappler served as General Counsel at Fannie Mae. Previously, she was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block. Ms. Kappler serves on the Boards of Directors of the Pro Bono Partnership and the National Health Law Program, where she is Chair, and is Advisory Committee Co-Chair for the Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute. She has served on the Boards of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Appleseed Foundation and Global Rights and was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the Lowell School in Washington, D.C., where she served as Chair. Ms. Kappler has earned several awards, most recently as 2018 Executive Women of New Jersey Policymakers honoree. Ms. Kappler graduated from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and was a law clerk to D.C. Circuit Judge Abner Mikva and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband, and has two sons and three stepchildren.

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