Member Spotlight

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


WHF Member Spotlight – August 2020
Partner, Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C. and Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.

Coral Gables, FL by way of Winnetka, IL.

Fun Fact 
A few years back, my husband and I biked 100 miles in Vermont to raise $20,000 for JDRF. Although these days, I spend more time driving my hybrid minivan than biking!

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
My journey started at The Financial Services Roundtable (now Bank Policy Institute) as the first employee of the Housing Policy Council. I set up a new trade association focused on housing and mortgage policy and had the unusual experience of helping hire my boss (Secretary Dalton). While working at HPC, I attended GWU law school’s evening program and graduated amid the financial crisis. My time at HPC included working on foreclosure prevention efforts with the Hope Now Alliance and helping mortgage lenders and servicers on policy, legislation, and regulation. I then moved to Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C., a boutique firm that continues to serve as counsel to HPC, as well as other trade associations, banks, insurance companies, and fintech companies. In addition to housing and mortgage, my work has expanded to include other areas of consumer finance, banking, and financial services. I assist clients on policy matters, the impact of proposed legislation and regulation on their businesses, as well as compliance challenges and regulatory applications.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love the problem-solving nature of policy work – identifying issues, inconsistencies, or gaps in current law and regulation, analyzing possible solutions, and then crafting advocacy pieces with a legal foundation for the solution.

How long have you been a member of WHF? 
15 years.

What have you gained from being a member? 
I am continually impressed with the programs that WHF puts together that are topical, timely, and relevant to so many members. WHF programs have also provided great opportunities to interact with others focusing on the same policy issues and created a collegial environment.

How do you make the best use of your day? 
Lots of lists – one that focuses on what must be accomplished that day, one that covers the week, and one that covers longer term projects. I like lists- crossing off a task is a great feeling! I try to be realistic about what goes on my daily list, knowing that a request from a client can pop up and need to be a priority over the other items. Also, I try to start most days with exercise, whether that is a (virtual) barre class or running (usually while pushing the jogging stroller), and that activity helps me get focused for the day ahead.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Listen first and then think about how you want to respond in a constructive way. 



July 2020 - Sam Ozeck, Supervisory Counsel, FDIC

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