Jessica Claire
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Results-driven and forward-thinking PhD. Quant Executive with solid record of accomplishment in risk advisory services across multiple organizations. Experience performing internal audit, testing internal controls and compliance, in model governance environment. Talents in SOX Compliance - developing risk assessment narratives, control design, process flow mapping and testing strategies to improve company's key operational, I.T, finance activities and internal controls. Experience planning and executing all phases of model risk audit control, including audit planning, leading walkthrough and validating key controls. Strong background in risk management, model governance, model risk, risk and control processes, CCAR, stress testing, shock analysis, credit risk modeling such as CECL, consumer lending and credit risk strategy implementation. Proficient in regulatory compliance and quantitative analytics including model validation, documentation review, model governance, data science and data integrity processes. Worked with Big 4 Audit Firms performing complex analyses and documenting audit workpaper.

  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (Control Environment, Risk Assessment, Control Activities, Information and Communication and Monitoring)
  • Internal control policies & Risk Management
  • WDesk/Workiva
  • Test of design (DET) & Operating effectiveness (OET)
  • Reporting and documentation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Operational Risk, Compliance Models
  • Data analytics
  • AML/KYC & Transaction Monitoring
  • Fraud Detection & Money Laundering Prevention
  • Quantitative Analytics & Data Analysis
  • Statistical Modeling & Bayesian Analysis
  • Risk Advisory Solutions & Industry Consulting
  • Machine Learning, AI & CHAID
  • Pricing Models, Trading Strategies
  • Investment banking & Strategy Consulting
  • Model Validation & Model Development
  • Risk Analytics & Wholesale credit risk strategy
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd lines of defense
  • Model risk, OCC 2011-12, SR 11-7, & ALLL
  • Model Governance and Controls
  • Internal Audit & Regulatory Reporting
  • Bank regulatory requirements - OCC, Fed & FHFA
  • Third-party and Vendor Models
  • Retail, Financial Services and Banking
  • Regression Models, Scenario Analysis & Stress Testing
  • Marketing Models (Prescreen Campaigns) and Client Models
  • Model Development and Execution
  • Technical Writing & Organizational Skills
  • Consulting & Business Development
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Problem-Solving
  • Yield Book, Fixed Income Analytics & Bloomberg
  • Stakeholder Management & Executive Planning
  • Analytical, Verb Communication & Management Skills
Education & Training
: Anti-Money Laundering, Expected in 12/2021
RegEd - ,
: Certified Risk Management Professional, Expected in 01/2018
Ph.D.: Economics, Expected in 12/2015
Master of Science: Business Economics and Finance, Expected in 11/2010
Bachelor of Science: Economics, Expected in 12/2008
SVP, Head of Risk Management, 10/2019 to Current
Avison YoungDallas, TX,
  • Performing audits for various risk models, including marketing models, drafting audit reports, and presenting issues to business, and discussing practical solutions.
  • Performing validation audit of complex internally developed models, completing audit workpaper, conducting walkthrough, developing summary reports to share with end client and discussing practical cross-functional solutions.
  • Identifying sources of model risk, applying internal audit standards, policies, and regulations to provide timely audit assurance, and influencing audit scope - to include emerging risks.
  • Completed 4 assigned audits within budgeted timeframes, and budgeted costs.
  • Developed effective line management relationships to ensure strong understanding of the business issues, nature of audit based on excellent relationship management and communication skills.
    (SOX Compliance Audit: Jan 2022 - July 2022)
  • Performed testing for 25+ operational, financial and compliance controls for Big 4 Accounting Firm.
  • Conducted walkthrough, tested attributes, derived probing questions, escalated and resolved discrepancies that were uncovered during audit.
  • Collaborated with process owners (I.T, Business, Finance) to identify key controls, documented descriptions and updated supported documentation around proof of data-secured financial reporting.
  • Documented SOX risk assessment policies for clients, validated key controls, developed test procedures, executed and documented testing.
  • Led SOX learning and development programs, communicated with Management Committees and Audit Committees.
  • Reviewed control deficiencies and worked with process owners to ensure appropriate action plans and controls are developed and executed.
  • (Big Four Accounting Firm Contract for Global International Bank: Nov 2020 - December 2021)
  • Worked as Internal Audit Manager for Global International Bank, executed compliance audits, and successfully completed over 65 action verifications.
  • Directed completion of planned audits, assessed records and procedures for accuracy to accomplish objectives and appraised policies and plans under audit review.
  • Acted as role model on projects and performed detailed review to ensure high quality client deliverables.
  • (Client Project: Top Tier U.S Bank: Oct 2019 - Oct 2020)
  • Assisted 3 wholesale modeling teams with stress test model development, analytics and validation.
  • Guided team re-developed CECL models (PD, LGD, EAD) for clients, reviewed data and assessed gaps using machine learning and regression based techniques.
  • Reviewed model documentation and developed controls for model validation and risk rating frameworks.
  • Developed credit risk strategies for banks to minimize credit losses that went on to improve underwriting standards by 85%.
Senior Economist - Finance & Business Analytics, 04/2019 to 07/2019
  • Led validation of Multifamily Credit Works (MFCW) Application, which is a loan guarantee model used by every business unit of the organization.
  • Exhibited strong project management, thought team leadership and macroeconomic modeling skills in auditing MFCW application, developed and recommended model governance frameworks.
  • Captured model performance using indicator variables - home price appreciation, interest rate, inflation, debt service coverage ratio, unemployment, capitalization rates and housing inventory.
  • Assessed clients' needs and created plan of action to provide business solutions.
  • Consistently worked hard daily to promote exemplary level of quality team work performance, which increased productivity by 136%.
  • Handled complex problems, coached team of 4 on follow-up processes, monitored financial and economic trends against historical data.
  • Successfully wrote model validation report. Received great recommendations for outstanding performance and built strong professional networks.
Senior Analyst - Model Validation & Governance, 03/2018 to 10/2019
  • Developed 9 DFAST/CCAR challenger models. Supervised 3 Analysts, completed 12 projects, involving 35 models, maintained composure and performed root cause analysis (RCA).
  • Determined actionable treatment for interpreting scorecard. Developed best credit risk strategy to increase customer base, reduce credit risk and maximize profit.
  • Communicated issues arising from AML alerts review, trade surveillance activities and prepared reports for regulatory and internal investigations.
  • Provided advice in delivery of items in the annual compliance plans.
  • Identified model risk and improving outcomes by creating highly successful strategies to ensure correct use of credit models.
  • Re-developed the following models: (1) Retail (mortgages, prepayment, credit cards, auto loans), (2) Wholesale (Commercial and Industrial, Commercial Real Estate), (3) Credit risk and loss forecasting models (PD/LGD/EAD, Allowance for Loan and Lease Loss, CECL, roll rate, loss severity, delinquency models, Deposit Attrition), (4) Scenario design/macroeconomic and time-series regression based models (CCAR, DFAST stress testing and Pre-Provision Net Revenue – PPNR models), (5) Market risk models (VaR, interest rate and cash flow modeling) and (6) Stochastic HPA.
  • Administered daily operations to ensure validation methods and procedures followed OCC 2011- 12 and Federal Reserve SR 11-7 requirements.
  • Held team meetings at conclusion of every project. Improved productivity by 125% - company exceeded growth objectives.
Director of Project Management, 12/2015 to 02/2018
  • Brought projects in on-time and in accordance with budget and quality standards.
  • Handled continuous project monitoring and management by developing forecasts, tracking expenses and approving payments.
  • Forecasted, scheduled and monitored project timelines, personnel performance and cost efficiency.
  • Proposed and approved modifications to project plans.
  • Monitored milestones and deliverables to stay ahead of schedules and proactively spot potential roadblocks.
  • Mitigated regulatory risks by increasing guideline compliance through clarification of policies and procedures with other departments.
  • Produced thorough, accurate and timely reports of project activities.

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