Kristina Van Liew is a Managing Director and Co-Lead of the Chicago office of Graystone
Consulting, the independent Institutional Consulting Division of Morgan Stanley. With over 28 years of corporate banking, private wealth and institutional investment consulting experience, Kristina draws upon a long legacy of serving the consulting needs of nonprofit sector and complex private wealth arena. Kristina and her partners are part of an elite group of advisors and lead one of the largest institutional consulting practices at Morgan Stanley. As the lead partner in charge of investment innovation, Kristina provides leadership for guiding the strategic and technical investment consulting for the Chicago practice.
Kristina is Chair of the Advisory Board to Management for Graystone Consulting and serves on the Graystone Consulting Investment Advisory Council. She is a published speaker on the topic of Impact Investing and the growing area of mission-based and sustainable investment strategies. Prior to joining the firm, she was a recognized leader at Merrill Lynch, where she served an instrumental role in expanding the consulting business and served as the Chair of the Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting Group Advisory Board to Management.
Kristina has always had a deep commitment to her community and her clients benefit from her many years of experience serving as a Board member and strategic leader for several prominent organizations. She is a Life Director and past Chair of the Board of Executive Service Corps of Chicago, one of the country’s largest and oldest nonprofit management consulting firms. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Aurora Civic Center Authority (Paramount Theatre), one of the top 10 theatres in the Chicago region. In addition, she is a founding Board member of iMentor Chicago which is an innovative and fast growing college success program for Chicago inner city youth. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of All Saints Catholic Academy , a member of Forefront and ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.)
Over the years, Kristina has received numerous distinctions and professional accolades and currently is recognized on Barron’s 2017 Top Institutional Consultants as well as the Barron’s 2017 Top 100 Women lists and was honored as one of the first professionals to be included in the 2014 Financial Times Inaugural Top 100 List. Kristina was named by Morgan Stanley to the 2017 MAKERS List, a women’s leadership platform highlighting stories of ground breaking women. Most recently, Kristina was selected as one of the “Top Wealth Adviser Moms,” by Working Mother magazine and SHOOK Research.
Kristina holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation, awarded by the Investments and Wealth Institute formerly Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in
French at the University of Iowa and an M. B.A. with a concentration in Marketing and Finance from The J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.