Christy Goldsmith Romero

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Christy Goldsmith Romero serves as the presidentially appointed special inspector general for the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as SIGTARP or TARP. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on February 1, 2012, and unanimously confirmed by the senate on March 29, 2012. In that role, she leads a nationwide federal law enforcement agency and watchdog over TARP, a program where the U.S. government became a shareholder in banks, AIG, General Motors, Chrysler and other companies, by owning, exchanging and trading in corporate securities and mortgage-backed securities. She previously worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission on the executive staff as counsel to SEC Chairmen Mary Schapiro and Christopher Cox. In that role, she counseled the chairmen, and served as a liaison to SEC commissioners and staff. Goldsmith Romero also served as senior counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division, where she investigated securities law violations, including related to financial institution fraud, insider trading, hedge funds, executive compensation and retail investor fraud. Prior to her service at the SEC, Goldsmith Romero worked at large law firms, including Jenner & Block, Snell & Wilmer, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. She also served a federal judicial clerkship.

Goldsmith Romero is a recognized leader in securities regulation, banking regulation, criminal law, evidence and criminal/civil procedure. She has testified before Congress 12 times and meets often with Congress and federal executive branch leaders. 

She led SIGTARP’s investigations into bank fraud, securities fraud, violations of bank and securities laws, money laundering, corruption, mortgage fraud and conspiracy. These investigations resulted in recoveries of more than $11 billion, criminal charges against 443 defendants, and Department of Justice, SEC, and state attorney general criminal and civil enforcement actions against some of the largest Wall Street financial institutions, large accounting firms, mid-size and smaller financial institutions, corporations and individuals. She also served with the assistant attorney general for the criminal division as a co-chair of the Rescue Fraud Working Group of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.   

Goldsmith Romero has written extensively on issues related to the financial system, including on systemic risk, inequality, executive compensation, bank capital, bank lending, securities markets and housing market issues. Her work and publications have received substantial media coverage by ABC, NBC, USA Today, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Reuters, among others.



  • J.D.
    Brigham Young University
  • B.S.
    Old Dominion University

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