Kathleen M. James - Director at Large

Kathleen (Kathy) started her career in 1974 with the FDIC as an Assistant Examiner in the New York Region.  As a commissioned examiner, she transferred to the Washington, DC office after ten years in New York.  During her 19 years in Washington, she served in a variety of positions:  Senior Financial Analyst (large bank holding companies), Examination Specialist (exam policy), Chief – International Section, Chief – Management Analysis and Planning Section – all in the Supervision Division.  In 1992 she was selected for a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association and spent a year in the office of Senator Tom Daschle as a Legislative Assistant.  Upon returning to the FDIC she served as Legislative Advisor for the last ten years of her time in DC.  She then transferred to the San Francisco Region – Risk Management as Assistant Regional Director.   Kathy served as board member and president of Women in Housing and Finance Inc. (Washington DC), instructed at the training center, was a mentor, served on the FDIC Culture Change Oversight board, and a Dale Carnegie Assistant Instructor.   She is a graduate of Immaculata College (now University), the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, George Washington University (MBA), San Francisco State University (certificate in life coaching), and the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, VA).   Post retirement (2012) she has enjoyed extensive travel and volunteering as a docent at two national parks, the opera, served on community and neighborhood boards, and past president of her alumni association which recognized her with an alumni award presented to outstanding alums for professional accomplishments.  She enjoys a wide range of friends and interests and is currently on a bank board in Los Angeles and does periodic work with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.