The Special Inspector General
Christy L. Romero is Special Inspector General for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).
Ms. Romero was nominated as Special Inspector General by President Barack Obama on February 1, 2012; confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 2012; and sworn into office on April 9, 2012.
Prior to being sworn into office, Ms. Romero was Deputy Special Inspector General at SIGTARP, a position she had held since February 2011. Between 2009 and 2011, Ms. Romero served as the Chief of Staff of SIGTARP. From July 2010 through September 2010, she served as Acting Deputy Special Inspector General, and from March 2011 through October 2011, she served as Acting Special Inspector General.
Ms. Romero joined SIGTARP from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where, from December 2007 through August 2009, she served as counsel to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro and Chairman Christopher Cox. From 2003 through 2007, as an attorney in the SEC Division of Enforcement, she investigated financial fraud, insider trading, and other violations of the securities laws.
Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Romero was a litigator specializing in financial restructuring at the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Snell & Wilmer; and Jenner & Block. She also clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Jones, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada, and for the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
Ms. Romero earned a B.S. in business from Old Dominion University and a J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School.