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Nikki Stokes-Thompson

Chief of Staff Ariel Alternatives, LLC

Nikki's Expertise

Nikki Stokes-Thompson serves as Chief of Staff to Ariel Alternatives, LLC. In her role, she is primarily responsible for the operations of the firm as well as day-to-day investor relations and fundraising. She works with the firm’s executive leadership on strategic growth and additionally serves as the liaison to the advisory board of Ariel Alternatives and the shared services team at Ariel Investments. Nikki sits on the Risk Committee for Ariel Investments.

Nikki joined Ariel Investments in April of 2020 as Chief of Staff to Mellody Hobson, the Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments.

Prior to Ariel, Nikki worked at the National Basketball Association as Marketing Partnerships Lead for the NBA Gatorade League, where she led all partnerships with corporations such as Gatorade, MGM Resorts International and Nike. She was also responsible for acquiring new business for the league and negotiating incremental deals.

Nikki’s previous experience includes roles at Under Armour, IMPACT Strategies and the office of United States Senator Cory Booker. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she earned a BA in Government and a minor in African American studies.