Stephanie Kiesel joined zero8hundred, as CEO, in March 2018. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications. Stephanie also earned a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. She was admitted to the California state bar in 2011. Stephanie worked in public relations for the Department of Defense at Headquarters, European Command in Stuttgart, Germany before moving to San Diego in 1994. She transferred to Washington DC in 1999 and worked in non-profit/government public relations and completed her Masters degree before returning to San Diego in 2004 to join the University of San Diego. There, she served as the Director of their M.S. in Global Leadership program - a business graduate degree designed by DoD especially for transitioning military officers and senior enlisted personnel. In 2014, Stephanie took over as the Senior Director of Graduate Student Services for the University's School of Business where she provided executive leadership for all day-to-day operations and logistics of the University's graduate business programs.
She also served as the public face, to the military and veteran community, to drive regional awareness of the school’s graduate business programs and worked closely with community partners, including business executives, senior military personnel, non-profit organizations and military and veteran-focused service organizations, to provide student-centric graduate education programs for mid-career professionals, transitioning military personnel and veterans. Stephanie is married to CDR Marty Kiesel, who served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1993-2004, and has been a United States Naval Reservist since that time. Stephanie is enthusiastic about using her past experiences to further zero8hundred's mission to set transitioning service members, veterans and their families up for success.