Kara Stephenson, Mission Store Manager and Buyer

Kara Stephenson is the Mission San Juan Capistrano Store Manager and Buyer. Her responsibilities include the operations, financial management, merchandising, and promotion of the retail store.

Kara develops staff and instills in them the importance of excellent customer service and product knowledge. She works with marketing to promote merchandise, discounts, special store events, and promotions. 

Kara earned a Bachelors’ of Art in English Literature from California State University Long Beach and has a background in museum retail management and purchasing. She has an eye for store design and merchandising. She was raised in Huntington Beach and is familiar with local culture, history, and clientele.

Outside of work Kara spends her time reading, visiting museums, trying new restaurants, practicing yoga and traveling.

“Mission San Juan Capistrano was the first Mission I visited as a child, so being able to work for this beautiful and historic landmark is very special to me. What I enjoy most about working here is seeing the excitement on the faces of the visiting 4th graders and meeting visitors from all over the world.”

Mission Staff
Kara Stephenson