Member Spotlight

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



WHF Member Spotlight – March 2020
Director, Federal Government Relations, TIAA


New York, New York


Fun Fact
I am starting business school at NYU’s Stern School of Business in August


Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015 after graduating from Cornell University. I started as an assistant to the government affairs team at an insurance trade association, which represents the largest commercial insurance agents and brokers in both the property/casualty and employee benefits space. Shortly after starting there, I was promoted to a lobbying position managing the association’s political action committee and handling flood insurance and cyber insurance policy. Following the 2016 election, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to transition to public service, working as Financial Services Legislative Assistant for Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN). There, I was responsible for advising and executing the Congressman’s strategic goals related to his work on the House Financial Services Committee, managing his legislative priorities and building coalitions. Currently, I work at TIAA advocating on behalf of TIAA Bank as well as handling technology, data privacy and cybersecurity policy outreach for the enterprise.


What do you love most about what you do?
Most often getting things done in Washington is a team effort. I enjoy working across business lines within TIAA and with financial services industry partners to achieve common strategic goals. I love the constantly changing environment, which affords me the opportunity to work with new people on a variety of issues.


Spinning, Cooking, Travel


How long have you been a member of WHF
I’ve officially been a member of WHF for about a year, but I have attended events for a few years in various capacities.


Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I enjoy the brown bag lunches for the interesting topics of conversation and the opportunity to network with established professionals in my field.


How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I am very particular about my calendar.  I like to set aside time on my calendar to catch up on work that needs to get done so that I am not overscheduled, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks. This allows me to check off certain items on my daily checklist (no greater feeling than crossing off a task!).


Who or what inspires you?
My mom was and continues to be my source of inspiration every day. She had an incredibly successful career as an architect, starting her own firm and later transferring to an executive role in a well-respected project management and owner representation firm. She was a fierce advocate for what she believed in and donated her time and resources to paving the way for women around her. Her love of life and family continue to inspire me every day.


What is the best advice you have ever received
Be nice to everyone.


Who do you look up to the most and why
I look up to my first boss, Joel Wood. He provided me with endless opportunities at the beginning of my career and I strive to mirror his thoughtfulness, humor, and strength in all I do. 


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