Ann M. Kappler
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Ann M. Kappler

Board Chair

Ann M. Kappler is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Prudential Financial. Prior to joining Prudential in 2009, Ms. Kappler was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C., where she focused on emerging issues at the intersection of regulation, legislation and litigation. She has held a variety of other roles with expanded responsibilities, including as a litigation partner at Jenner & Block and as general counsel at Fannie Mae.

In addition to the National Health Law Program, Ms. Kappler serves on the boards of directors of the Pro Bono Partnership and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Dartmouth College Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. 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 longtime member of the board of trustees of the Lowell School in Washington, D.C., where she served as chair. She has earned several awards including 2018 Executive Women of New Jersey Policymakers honoree, NJBIZ Law Power 50 2021-2023, ranked 4th on Attorney Intel’s Top 25 General Counsels of 2023, and was the recipient of the Women, Influence & Power in Law for In-House Thought Leadership by Corporate Counsel in 2023. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as legal and compliance best practices, diversity and inclusion, and is an advocate for workplace mental health issues.

Ms. Kappler graduated from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she received the Alumnae Key Award, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. She clerked for Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge Abner Mikva and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry Blackmun.