Share with us your background, education and initial career positions.
I am originally from Mexico City, Mexico. At nine years old, I moved to Pennsylvania for my parents to pursue a Ph.D. Growing up in an academic environment, I learned early on the importance of education and training. I graduated with a B.S. in International Business from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. I worked in banking, residential lending, and public policy in both in the private and public sector, focusing on minority homeownership as I progressed in my career. I decided to go back to school and obtained an MBA from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 2007.
When and why did you join the FDIC? What has the experience been like?
I began my career with the FDIC in 2009 in the heart of the great recession, shortly after graduation. While completing my MBA, I had the opportunity to be part of a fellowship program through a non-profit organization focusing on exposing Latino students to public policy and gaining hands-on experience. I was working in Freddie Mac's government relations department at the time the organization was placed into receivership. Due to the regulatory restructure, I was advised to pursue an assignment at the FDIC that aligned with my interests. My experience at FDIC allowed me to get a taste of the Corporation's mission, and motivated me to pursue a full time opportunity. I was attracted to the FDIC's mission to promote stability and public confidence while protecting consumers' rights. In addition, given the financial crisis, the Agency's challenge of supervising problem institutions and protecting consumers' deposits was just beginning.
FDIC is a learning organization that focuses on providing extensive training and development opportunities to all employees regardless of tenure. Completing a comprehensive training program and earning my commission prepared me for a rewarding and challenging career. As a bank examiner, I have been a part of and lead teams, learning from others' expertise along the way. As if bank examination was not dynamic enough, the FDIC also offers rotational programs to work in other divisions of the...