Jennifer W.


Strategic Advisor

Jennifer Steans 5cp

Jennifer W. Steans is the President and CEO of Financial Investments Corporation (“FIC”), where she oversees private equity investments and the Steans family office operations.  Prior to founding FIC in 1994, Ms. Steans served as Treasurer of Prime Graphics, Inc. and as a Senior Consultant, and then as a manager, for the Management Consulting arm of Deloitte & Touche, primarily in the finance and health care industries.   

Ms. Steans’ business affiliations include serving as a Director of Valley National Bank, as well as past Chair of the Board of Directors of USAmeribancorp, Inc., a privately held Tampa Bay area middle market bank.   

Ms. Steans currently serves on the Advisory Boards for 5th Century Partners, Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises, Kellogg Women’s Leadership Council, Massey & Gail, Nine Four Ventures, Phoenix Pact, Prairie Capital, and Siena Capital Partners. 

Ms. Steans actively helps lead several nonprofit entities, currently serving as Life Trustee and past Chair of the Ravinia Festival and Trustee of the Steans Family Foundation.  Ms. Steans also serves as a Trustee for the Civic Federation, the Commercial Club of Chicago, DePaul University, Rush University Medical Center, Navy Pier, World Business Chicago, Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA), and the YWCA of Evanston/North Shore.

Ms. Steans holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Davidson College and a M.M. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.  She was named as one of American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance for 2013. 

Ms. Steans currently resides in Chicago.  She is married to Jim Kastenholz and has a 23-year old son, Nicholas.