Julie Myers Wood has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sector working on regulatory and enforcement issues from many perspectives, including as compliance consultant, defense counsel, government investigator, federal prosecutor, and Independent Monitor. Ms. Wood is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Guidepost Solutions, a leading investigations, compliance and security firm with offices throughout the United States, as well as England and Singapore.
Ms. Wood specializes in assisting companies with complex challenges and issues involving the U.S. government. Most recently, she assisted FinTech companies with developing and creating compliance and security protocols in the context of a changing and complex regulatory environment. Her engagements have included an AML review for a BitCoin ATM; general compliance protocols for a Department of Financial Services-regulated virtual currency exchange and trust company; and a currency manipulation investigation for a cryptocurrency. She is also currently registered with the Department of Justice to help the Marshall Islands develop the world’s first fiat cryptocurrency in a compliant and responsible manner.
Ms. Wood has significant experience as an Independent Consultant/Monitor. Most recently, she served as a required third-party auditor for a technology security firm with respect to trade compliance issues. She also served as 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 served as the Department of Justice-appointed Independent Consultant for a global energy services firm relating to OFAC issues and the company’s compliance culture. Other monitoring assignments include 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 Solutions for DHL relating to OFAC issues.
Ms. Wood regularly assists companies in a proactive matter. She has conducted trade, immigration, AML, and government contracting 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 helped a technology company develop protocols to ensure effective implementation of a Technology Control Plan (TCP), and test those protocols. Ms. Wood 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, as well as ITAR and EAR. Although she has worked extensively with technology companies, her practice involves wide range of industries, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, financial services, government contractors and defense firms.
Before joining Guidepost Solutions, Ms. Wood started a consulting and software firm, ICS Consulting. ICS Consulting built software products to assist the private sector in meeting regulatory requirements for immigration and trade compliance. ICS Consulting also provided specialized immigration and customs consulting services. Guidepost Solutions acquired ICS Consulting in 2010.
Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Wood 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. 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 Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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 relating to the EAR. 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 had responsibilities relating to CFIUS while at the Departments of Treasury and Justice. Ms. Wood also served as the Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, and an Associate Independent Counsel for the Office of the Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr.
Before joining the government, Ms. Wood served as an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt. She also clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
She is a graduate of Baylor University and Cornell Law School. Ms. Wood was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Shawnee, Kansas.