Member Spotlight

WHF is pleased to feature the WHF Member Spotlight. Each month we will feature a different WHF member.


WHF Member Spotlight – December 2020
Partner, Simpson Tacher & Bartlett LLP


Pittsburgh PA

Fun Fact
I have driven a car legally at 265 km/hour (approximately 165 mph) (in Germany).

Employer and Position
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position 
Ever since my introductory economics class at the university, I have been fascinated by banks and financial intermediation.  I’ve studied both financial economics and the legal aspects of banking ever since and I have never been bored.

What do you love most about what you do?
I am interested both in the history of the financial system of our country as well financial innovation.  Over my career, I’ve come to learn that they are often one in the same.

Travel, Rowing, Cars

How long have you been a member of WHF?
Since I left the OCC, at the beginning of 2018.

Please describe your involvement with WHF
I have always found WHF to be a fantastic group for dialogue in the industry and in the larger community.  I am pleased now to participate as a featured speaker at events and host and attend monthly discussion lunches.

What have you gained from being a member?
I am proud to help continue the important mission of WHF in fostering a dialogue between different segments of the industry and people with different views and perspectives.

How do you make the best use of your day?
Often, it seems like my days and my schedule makes best use of me!  It is never boring having school aged children at home as well as a Washington-based regulatory practice that intersects with the financial markets.

Who or what inspires you?
Every person, as a unique individual, inspires me in some way.  Each person has something distinctive and special to offer and insight to give.  And I want to hear and see what that is!

What is the best advice you have ever received? 
My father taught me that each person, no matter what position, station, or job they may hold in life, should be viewed as an equal and be accordingly treated with the dignity and respect of an equal.

Who do you look up to the most and why?
Too many people to say!



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November 2019 - Peggy Twohig, Assistant Director for Supervision Policy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

October 2019 - Peter Judge, Manager of Government Relations, Crowe LLP

September 2019 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown 

July 2019 - Kristin McGovern, Managing Director, Fannie Mae

June 2019 - Jenny Menna, Senior Vice President, Business Security Solutions, U.S. Bank

May 2019 - Nancy Weissgold, Partner and Co-Leader of the Consumer Finance Team, Alston & Bird, LLP

April 2019 - Chastity Abrom, Mortgage-Backed Securities Specialist, Ginnie Mae, Office of Securities Operations

March 2019 - Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, Federal Housing Administration

February 2019 - Monda Raquel Webb, Consultant, Monda Media LLC 

January 2019 - Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP 

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November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

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August 2018 - Bernadette Kogler, Co-founder & CEO, RiskSpan; Co-founder, SmartLink Lab

July 2018 - Lawrence Kaplan, Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

April 2018 - Dina Ellis Rochkind, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP

March 2018 - Marti Tirinnanzi, President and CEO, Financial Standards, Inc.

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May 2017 - Lee Ann Hoover, Financial Services Advisory and Compliance, Navigant Inc.

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