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Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner

Chief Washington Policy Strategist

Washington D.C.


Brian Gardner was named Stifel’s Chief Washington Policy Strategist in September 2020. He is responsible for providing insight into how political, legislative, and regulatory developments are impacting U.S. capital markets.

Prior to taking on this role, Brian spent two decades as Washington Research Analyst at KBW, the financial services specialist owned by Stifel Financial. During this time, he advised institutional investors on how to best position their portfolios through matters of public policy and became a frequent guest on business television networks including CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. Brian is also often quoted in leading national publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Barron’s.

Earlier in his career, Brian served as an associate in the Bank Regulatory Group at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel. His background in policy analysis started when he worked on Capitol Hill for former members of the House Financial Services Committee – Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY) and Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA).

Brian received his B.A. in Philosophy, J.D., and attended the Gabelli Graduate School of Business, all at Fordham University.