Mark E. Stephanz
President, Kora Advisors, former Vice Chairman of Bank of America
Mark serves as president of Kora Advisors, a consulting firm he established in 2018 after retiring from Bank of America in 2017. Kora Advisors works with small, minority-owned businesses providing business formation, capital planning and capital raising advice and also consults with social justice nonprofits in how to engage corporations in their missions. Prior to forming Kora Advisors, Mark had a nearly 34 year career at Bank of America in various roles in commercial, corporate and investment banking, where he was instrumental in building two of the most important investment banking businesses at the company: the Financial Sponsor Group that Mark helped found in 1995 and built to one of the preeminent private equity coverage efforts on Wall Street before being asked to rebuild the Regional Investment Banking team, which served mid-cap companies across the US. While at Bank of America, Mark served on the Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, was executive sponsor of Bank of America’s Global Pride Network, Executive Sponsor of the Native American Employee Network and a proud member of the bank’s New York Pride Group.
Mark was a founding member of the Advisory Board and Leadership Committee for “Out on the Street,” is a board member and Finance Director for Athlete Ally and is active on the Duke University LGBTQI Alumni Board.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Duke University, has three children and lives in New York City with his husband, Joe Harper.