Member Spotlight

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


WHF Member Spotlight – October 2019
Peter Judge, Manager of Government Relations
Crowe LLP

Chicago, IL

Fun Fact
I played club rugby for West Potomac RFC for 6 years (2009-2015)

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
I started my career on Capitol Hill focused on a variety of policy issues, and it wasn’t until I moved over to a small consulting firm where we supported Crowe as a client that I was really able to dig in and take an interest in financial services specifically. It was probably meeting and working with Sydney Garmong, who is now my boss, that helped me see the industry and all its rich layers, and understand how the policies we work on can impact almost every corner of American life.

What do you love most about what you do?
I am the only person in the firm engaging with Capitol Hill, so I interact with nearly every aspect of the firm as well as with a wide array of congressional offices. The multi-disciplinary aspect of the role is what makes it truly appealing to me and always keeps me on my toes, as I rotate regularly between tax, audit, financial regulatory, and banking issues.

I play pick-up basketball regularly, go hiking with my wife and dog, and love to travel. And like any good member of the accounting and government relations professions, I’m trying to improve my golf game.

How long have you been a member of WHF?
I joined WHF in the Fall of 2015.

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I am an enthusiastic participant in most of WHF’s policy , and I’ve found it to be a really strong network.

What have you gained from being a member?
WHF offers great opportunities to meet and converse with policy makers around D.C. and industry leaders providing real-world context on what can be relatively abstract issues. Even for the members who no longer practice, I appreciate hearing about their hands-on experiences. As a lobbyist, it’s a great opportunity to branch out beyond the bureaucrats and consultants I usually interact with. It’s really important for me to hear from people who have their boots on the ground in the industry rather than just those who represent their interests in DC

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I’ve become someone who relies heavily on lists. At the beginning of each week, and each day, I review the list of immediate deadlines, meetings/events/etc., and as those get crossed off, am able to focus on bigger or longer-term projects. I think everyone gets that jolt of satisfaction from crossing items of the to-do list.

Also, whenever possible, I try to get home in the afternoons to take my dog for a long walk.  She’s an energetic Jack Russel mix, so it’s an efficiency measure for the both of us.

Who or what inspires you?
I deeply admire Mohammed Ali. His ability to keep true to himself and be vocal for the social and political causes he though were right, while also performing at the apex of his profession, is a balancing act that we will probably never see again.  On top of that, by all accounts he was open, warm, and kind to everyone he met, and it’s too rare for someone to be both that successful and grounded.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best professional advice I think I’ve received is that you need to “get caught trying,” meaning it’s not good enough just to come to the correct conclusion/work product. People in your organizations and network need to see and, more importantly, feel that you care about them and understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Especially in a field where your work doesn’t always translate back to a tangible result, you have to show your stakeholders that you’re doing everything you can on their behalf.

Who do you look up to the most and why?
As cliché as it may sound, my Dad. He is very kind-hearted and patient, and someone I try to channel in stressful moments. 


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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