Julie Myers Wood is the chief executive officer of Guidepost Solutions, a leading investigative and compliance consulting firm. She joined the firm in 2012, as president of its Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions division. Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Ms. Wood was the former founder and president of ICS Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in compliance, risk assessments, immigration and customs investigations. Guidepost Solutions acquired ICS Consulting in September 2012.
Ms. Wood focuses on regulatory compliance and investigative work. Most recently, she supervised a comprehensive technology review and assessment of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities for a global bank, overseeing the implementation of data analytics capability to detect anomalies in AML and OFAC screening, as well as USD clearing for correspondent banks. Ms. Wood managed a team reviewing the AML and sanctions rules/wraps, internal software platform, investigator training and alert closure, and procedures/policies. In this role, she worked closely with New York regulators.
Ms. Wood is currently serving as the selected anti-money laundering auditor for a residential mortgage loan originator at a large corporation and the independent consultant for a global oil and gas company on sanctions issues. She is frequently consulted by non-traditional financial entities to assist in the development of their AML program or dispute resolution. More broadly, Ms. Wood regularly conducts trade, government contracting, immigration and anti-corruption due diligence risk assessments. She developed a cross-functional compliance monitoring program and conducts third-party audits on a variety of regulatory issues. In addition, Ms. Wood provides investor visa (EB-5) due diligence to law firms and investor applicants. Her extensive knowledge and experience in financial investigations, audits, compliance reviews and understanding of the complex visa process assists investors with minimizing risk. She oversees reviews to determine source of funds and any misuse or misrepresentation of funds to help clients make informed decisions.
Ms. Wood also has significant experience as a monitor. She led the monitoring team on behalf of Guidepost Solutions for DHL relating to OFAC issues. She is working with New York regulators as deputy to the monitor for a foreign financial institution and serves as the appointed monitor for a certification lab.
Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Wood served as Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leading its largest investigative component and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government with a budget of nearly $6 billion and 15,000 employees. In supervising ICE’s investigative activity, Ms. Wood oversaw the agency’s wide variety of AML and trade compliance (OFAC, EAR, ITAR) investigations and private sector compliance programs, testified about best practices and investigations, and enforced the Export Administration Act and related export control regulations. Under her leadership, the agency developed new methods and proposed legislative language to combat emerging trends relating to trade-based money laundering, check cashing and money remitters, and stored value cards.
Ms. Wood’s previous leadership positions in the federal government include Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce and Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Money Laundering and Financial Crimes) at the Treasury Department, where she helped draft regulations relating to Title III of the Patriot Act, coordinated the U.S. government’s national report/strategy on money laundering, and oversaw Treasury Enforcement activities relating to OFAC. Ms. Wood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted criminal cases including financial crimes, securities fraud, and other white-collar criminal cases.
Ms. Wood is nationally recognized as a speaker for her expertise on immigration and other law enforcement issues. She has testified before Congress numerous times and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, FOX and other broadcast stations. Prior to government service, Ms. Wood was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, IL and she clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.