Valerie G. Brown was appointed as a director of StepStone in April 2021. From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Brown served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Advisor Group, Inc., a network of independent investment advisors. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive Officer of Cetera Financial Group, a network of independent retail investment advisors, from 2010 to 2014. Before joining Cetera, Ms. Brown held a number of executive and senior leadership positions at ING Group and ING North America, as well as Taco Bell Worldwide. Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advisor Group, AmWINS Group, Inc., a wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products and services, Jackson Hole Airport and Protect Our Water Jackson Hole. Ms. Brown received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and her MBA from Stanford University. We believe that Ms. Brown’s experience in wealth management and financial services, in addition to her financial acumen, qualifies her to serve on our board of directors.