Kelly Gillease is NerdWallet’s Chief Marketing Officer, bringing a consumer-first focus to the company’s product and brand marketing strategy. In this role, she oversees the company’s national brand campaigns, marketing team job architecture, and measurement strategies to drive product growth and consumer value. She brings to the table 20 years of experience at startups in travel, EdTech and search, even supporting strategic startup acquisitions at Hotwire, Viator, and StudyBlue. Kelly is passionate about building a high performing department culture that prioritizes employee retention. She graduated from UC Berkeley with dual BA degrees in Economics and English.