Julie Myers Wood has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector working on regulatory and enforcement issues from many perspectives, including as defense counsel, consultant, government investigator, federal prosecutor, and compliance consultant. Prior to joining the private sector, she held several high-level positions with the U.S. government including at the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and Commerce, as well as at the White House. She has significant experience with import and export issues, with a focus on compliance culture, internal controls and anti-fraud measures. In one of her most significant government roles, Ms. Wood served as Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the Department of Homeland Security, the largest investigative component and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government. ICE prosecutes violations of trade compliance and customs laws, among other laws and regulations. She also served as the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at BIS where she oversaw all Export Enforcement Special Agents and supervised all their investigations. In this role, she also assisted in policy development relating to enhancements to the EAR and export control reform and supervised the Office of Enforcement Analysis. Ms. Wood also served as the Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division. While serving in these government leadership positions, Ms. Wood prosecuted corporations and individuals, and helped negotiate large monitorships and settlements.
Since joining the private sector in 2009, Ms. Wood has focused on regulatory compliance and investigative work relating to EAR, ITAR, OFAC and other export control laws. She specializes in assisting companies with complex challenges and issues before the U.S. government, both proactively and as an Independent Monitor/Consultant appointed by the U.S. government. Most recently, she served as a Deputy Monitor/Independent Consultant for a global bank where she supervised a team responsible for conducting a complete compliance review, including a comprehensive technology review and assessment of its compliance regulations, policies and culture. Similarly, Ms. Wood is the Department of Justice-appointed Independent Consultant for a global energy services firm relating to OFAC issues and the company’s compliance culture. Other compliance assignments included serving as the appointed Independent Monitor for a certification lab, helping to ensure that the lab avoids conflict of interest issues in its certification process. She also led the independent monitoring team on behalf of Guidepost for DHL relating to OFAC issues.
Ms. Wood regularly assists companies in a proactive matter. She has conducted trade compliance reviews for several global consulting/technology companies with a worldwide footprint, assisting with classification, recordkeeping, technology, denied party screening and monitoring of activities. She also conducted a trade risk assessment for a large, multi-national telecommunications and network company to enhance of its export classification process relating to encrypted items, ITAR, EAR.
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.