After talking with classmates and colleagues, I realized that I’ve had opportunities to develop my skills that don’t always exist at other organizations.
Education: Northwestern University, JD ; Vanderbilt University, BA in sociology and political science
Joined OCC: 2011
Before law school, I was a Dunn Fellow for the former governor of Illinois and was interested in politics. During my summers at Northwestern, I clerked at two major law firms that dealt with financing and bankruptcy and developed an interest in financial law. Before graduating, I attended a job fair in D.C. where I spoke with an OCC attorney about the agency. The opportunity seemed like the perfect way to merge my interests in financial law and public service.
A Day on the Job
I work in the OCC’s Enforcement and Compliance division supporting examiners during their safety and soundness exams. If an examiner discovers something unsound or unsafe, we take a look to determine whether there is a legal basis for taking an enforcement action to correct the weakness. I’ve also participated in bank investigations and enjoy conducting interviews with witnesses. It’s like solving a puzzle.
My Experience as an OCC Attorney
The agency encourages young attorneys to get involved on very high-level projects. I’ve already taken sworn statements, which wasn’t something I expected at this stage in my career. After talking with classmates and colleagues, I realized that I’ve had opportunities to develop my skills that don’t always exist at other organizations.
On Our Rotation Programs
Last year, I completed a six-week rotation in the Northeastern District Office in New York. It was a great way to work on different projects and experience a new line of work. I’ll complete another rotation next year with the Special Supervision division to learn more about how we work with banks experiencing financial trouble. All of these opportunities help me gain a more complete understanding of our mission.
Take ownership of your career and invest in yourself. Be proactive in discussions with your supervisor or have informal interviews with people in the agency to learn more about what they do. It will help you become a more well-rounded person and employee.
Outside of Work
I enjoy traveling internationally. I’ve been to Brazil, Turkey, and several countries throughout Europe. Most recently, I visited Thailand. I enjoy experiencing and gaining new perspectives on different cultures.
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