Member Spotlight

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


WHF Member Spotlight – April 2021
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Human Resources 

Baltimore, MD

Fun Fact
Nothing if not determined. I’ve run a Boston Marathon and completed two 400-mile bike rides across Iowa (RAGBRAI).

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
My path has been untraditional, and I’ve always been willing to challenge myself with unusual choices.  I started in financial services as a speechwriter for a bank in Jacksonville, Florida.  I left for law school and graduate school, returning to the same bank several years later as regulatory counsel.  A few bank mergers later, I found myself in Charlotte, North Carolina, working for Bank of America as an Assistant General Counsel.  Two years on, I decided to move to Washington for a job as a regulatory specialist with America’s Community Bankers, working for two former WHF presidents, Diane Casey-Landry and Charlotte Bahin.  I learned so much from both of them and the rest of my ACB colleagues.  After five incredible years, I left for private practice in Baltimore, taking another bar exam after 13 years.  In 2008, the financial crisis was looming when an opportunity to join the FDIC came along.  For the next 12 years, I had the privilege of working with and leading a tremendously talented and dedicated group of public servants.  From loan mods to Dodd-Frank to the emergence of fintech, the FDIC constantly challenged me to adapt my practice and learn new things.  And last summer, an exciting new opportunity came along to join the MBA – during a global pandemic.  The resiliency, adaptability, and dedication of my new MBA colleagues have been so inspiring.  I’m fortunate to lead such a terrific team of remarkable colleagues.

What do you love most about what you do? 
As General Counsel and SVP for Human Resources, the MBA challenges me to work in an interdisciplinary way throughout the association on everything from regulatory policy to industry litigation to governance to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I’m lucky to work collaboratively in the service of our members and employees.

Traveling, cycling, hiking, reading, and shopping.

How long have you been a member of WHF?
I’ve been a member since 2000.

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I’ve been an active and engaged WHF member since first arriving in Washington. I’ve found the programs to be incredibly helpful, and I’ve benefited greatly from the professional relationships and friendships I’ve developed with fellow WHF members.

What have you gained from being a member?
WHF represents all sectors of the financial services industry in Washington and, as a result, its programs reflect diverse perspectives and points of view.

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I start my day with exercise.  I also journal to clear out the cobwebs, and I rely heavily on my assistant, Daanish.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by successful leaders who serve with a commitment to kindness. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be your own best advocate.

Who do you look up to the most and why?
I look up to colleagues who dare to be their authentic selves.



March 2021 - Tara Sugiyama Potashnik, Chief of Staff and Partner, Venable LLP

February 2021 - Catherine Galicia, Chief of Staff, National Credit Union Administration

January 2021 - Amy Friend, Senior Advisor, FS Vector 

December 2020 - Keith A. Noreika, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP 

October 2020 - Tiffani Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Housing Mission & Goals, Federal Housing Finance Agency 

September 2020 - Allyson Baker, Partner, Chair, Financial Services Practice, Venable LLP

August 2020 - Katie Wechsler, Partner, Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C. and Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.

June 2020 - Sydney Garmong, Partner in Charge of Regulatory Matters & Office Managing Partner, Crowe LLP

April 2020 - Donna Howell, SVP, Customer Success, Ampcus

March 2020 - Julia Tishman, Director, Federal Government Relations, TIAA

February 2020 - Tim McTaggart, General Counsel, Forethought Advisors LLC & Partner, McTaggart Law Office 

January 2020 - Elizabeth M. Young LaBerge, Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU)

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 

December 2018 - Alma Angotti, Navigant, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Investigations and Compliance

November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

October 2018 - Dionne Joemah, Deputy General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

September 2018 - Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI)

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.

February 2018 - Janis Smith, Board of Governors, National Housing Conference

November 2017 - Mary Pat Denney, Managing Director, Risk Initiative Vertical, The Oakleaf Group

September 2017 - Joanna Girardin Shapiro, Managing Director, Global Client Management, Bank of New York Mellon

July 2017 - Mary Martha Fortney, President, The Fortney Group

June 2017 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown

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

April 2017 - Faith Arnold Schwartz, Chairman, HLP, Principal, HFSS, LLC, Advisor to Accenture Credit Services

March 2017 - Debbie Matz, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Advisory Board OpenDoor Trading LLP