Member Spotlight

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

WHF Member Spotlight – June 2019
Senior Vice President, Business Security Solutions
U.S. Bank

Allendale, NJ

Fun Fact
I’m preparing to run my first Ragnar Relay, from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

Employer and Position
U.S. Bank.  Senior Vice President, Business Security Solutions.

Walk me through your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
This is my first job in the financial industry, though I’ve now been here almost 5 years.  I started out of graduate school with degrees in Russian Civilization and International Relations, and got a job in DC in International Development.  I didn’t like that and moved to a company that did systems development and integration, largely as a contractor to the federal government.   I got my first tastes of cybersecurity working on some of those programs, and after 9/11, I was asked to take a position at the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I spent 9 years leading cybersecurity efforts ranging from policy to incident response at DHS.  I did a lot of work with financial institutions in that role, which led to me being recruited by U.S. Bank.

What do you love most about what you do?
It is never a dull moment!  Technology in our industry is constantly changing, and unfortunately the bad guys are also constantly raising their game.  Every day is a challenge and keeps me learning and on my toes.


How long have you been a member of WHF?
4 years

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I’ve gone to a variety of events and spoken at a few.  I most enjoy doing the Changepurse volunteer activities though.  It is such a great experience interacting with those women.

What have you gained from being a member?
Insight into financial regulators, connections with other women in our industry, the opportunity to participate in rewarding volunteer activities.

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I think I get my best creative ideas while walking my dog on the W&OD trail in the morning.  He’s also my “executive assistant,” since I work from home when I’m not traveling! 

Who or what inspires you?
New challenges and change.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Probably to take a job in cybersecurity, that is was a field that was really going to take off.  I confess I had no burning interest in the topic when I took my first cybersecurity job at Homeland Security, I applied for the position because it was a short walk from my daughter’s daycare!

Who do you look up to the most and why?
I’ve been thinking about how to answer this last question for a while, and I can’t seem to narrow down to one person. I’ve been very fortunate throughout my life to have a number of great mentors and role models. 



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