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Peggy Ellen, Deputy Special Inspector General

Peggy Ellen is Deputy Special Inspector General for SIGTARP. Ms. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience as a prosecuting attorney and joined SIGTARP from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the SEC, she held positions in several sections including as an attorney in the Division of Enforcement, as Special Counsel to the Director for Collections and Distributions, and as a senior attorney advisor in the Office of the Executive Director. Prior to her eight years at the SEC, Ms. Ellen was Chief of the Economic Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and was earlier Deputy Chief of the Grand Jury Section of the Superior Court Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She began her career as an attorney with the Federal Energy Administration.

Ms. Ellen graduated cum laude from Barnard College, holds a J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law Center, and is a member of the D.C. Bar.


Bruce Gimbel, Deputy Special Inspector General (Audit)

Bruce Gimbel is Deputy Inspector General for Audit at SIGTARP. Mr. Gimbel joined SIGTARP in 2012, serving as Assistant Deputy Special Inspector General for Audit. Mr. Gimbel has served for more than 34 years in government auditing positions of increasing seniority and responsibility. Prior to joining SIGTARP, Mr. Gimbel worked as an Audit Manager at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) where he was deployed to Afghanistan. Mr. Gimbel has spent the majority of his career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where he was an Audit Manager leading teams of auditors and evaluators in assessing the FDIC’s supervision and resolution functions. During the financial crisis in 2008, Mr. Gimbel led audit teams conducting Material Loss Reviews for selected failed FDIC-supervised institutions. Prior to his tenure at the FDIC, Mr. Gimbel spent 10 years with the Government Accountability Office in New York and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Gimbel is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.



Charles C. Gregorski, Assistant Deputy Special Inspector General (Investigations)

Charles C. Gregorski is Assistant Deputy Special Inspector General for the Investigations Division at SIGTARP. Mr. Gregorski joined SIGTARP as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the agency’s Washington Field Office, where he served for two and a half years. Prior to joining SIGTARP, Mr. Gregorski spent 27 years working in federal law enforcement, including at the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction as a special agent and supervisor. While with these agencies, Mr. Gregorski worked in many different field offices, working and supervising white collar crime, violent crime, public corruption and terrorism investigations and supervising related task forces. Mr. Gregorski has also held high level positions at FBI Headquarters, overseeing national programs for that agency.

Mr. Gregorski is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology and holds a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law.



Jenniffer Wilson, Assistant Deputy Special Inspector General (Audit)

Jenniffer Wilson is Assistant Deputy Special Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation at SIGTARP. Ms. Wilson has more than 25 years of service in the federal government, most within the inspector general community, and seven years of service in the private sector as an accountant. Most recently, Ms. Wilson completed a 25-month tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, where she held senior positions as both the Director for Forward Operations and the Deputy for Audit and Inspections. Ms. Wilson previously held senior positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency and at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she was an Assistant Director for 10 years. At GAO, she led multiple performance, information security, and forensic audits across various agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Ms. Wilson also served as a senior auditor at the DOD Office of Inspector General for nine years.

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of University of Maryland University College.



Chuck Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff

Chuck Jones is Deputy Chief of Staff for SIGTARP. Mr. Jones joined SIGTARP from the Radius Group, a banking and real estate consulting company focused on the management and disposition of bank-owned real estate. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Jones has more than 17 years of federal government experience, most recently as the Banking Committee congressional staff member for U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Mr. Jones began his career in 1991 working for former U.S. Senator David Pryor.

Mr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from Henderson State University and his graduate degree from Catholic University of America.



Brian Sano, Senior Policy Advisor

Brian Sano is Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Inspector General for SIGTARP. Mr. Sano joined SIGTARP from the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) where he worked within the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Financial Institutions, and Investigations and Criminal Litigation groups. Prior to WilmerHale, Mr. Sano was Senior Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. While at the SEC, he investigated cases central to the financial crisis, as well as various violations of U.S. securities laws, including accounting fraud and insider trading. During that time, he also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney within the Business and Securities Fraud Unit of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Earlier in his career, he served within the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of Attorney General.

Mr. Sano is a graduate of Hamilton College, holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C.



Chad Bungard, General Counsel

B. Chad Bungard is General Counsel for SIGTARP.  Mr. Bungard joined SIGTARP in January 2015 from the Social Security Administration (SSA) where he served as counsel to the Inspector General.  At the SSA Office of the Inspector General, he provided executive leadership as the chief legal advisor to the Inspector General and senior staff.  He also served as the Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman for more than 65,000 employees and was responsible for administering the Civil Monetary Penalty Program.  Prior to joining SSA, Mr. Bungard served as General Counsel for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board where he served as the chief legal advisor and chief legal representative.  In that role, Mr. Bungard was responsible for managing the litigation docket, overseeing the petition for review settlement program, and coordinating legislative policy and congressional relations.  He also served as the agency's chief ethics officer.  He began his federal career in 2001 as counsel for the Government Reform Committee and soon thereafter served as Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and Agency Organization.  Mr. Bungard started his career in private practice, where he focused on federal civil litigation in the areas of campaign finance and election law.

Mr. Bungard graduated cum laude from Liberty University, holds a J.D. from Regent University School of Law, and received an LL. M. in Law and Economics from George Mason University School of Law.  He has been published in numerous legal journals, including those at UCLA, Seton Hall, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and he was recognized as a practitioner contributor in the 9th Ed. of Black's Law Dictionary.  Mr. Bungard is licensed to practice law in VA.



Lori Wagner, Deputy General Counsel

Lori Wagner is Deputy General Counsel for SIGTARP. Ms. Wagner joined SIGTARP from the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP where she was a member of the firm’s litigation department and focused on securities litigation and SEC enforcement proceedings. In addition to her extensive work at Debevoise and Plimpton, Ms. Wagner also worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines on a variety of issues including tax law and regulatory compliance. Prior to her legal experience, she was a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ms. Wagner is a graduate of Miami University, holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C.



Kevin Gerrity, Chief Investigative Counsel

Kevin Gerrity is Chief Investigative Counsel for SIGTARP. Mr. Gerrity worked as a Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for SIGTARP for more than two years before being elevated to the position of Chief Investigative Counsel. Prior to joining SIGTARP, Mr. Gerrity served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and with the Naval Justice School and also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island and as a Staff Judge Advocate at the Naval Station in Rhode Island. Kevin is also active military reserve and has recently become a military judge.

Mr. Gerrity is a graduate of Binghamton University and holds a J.D. from the Baylor University.



Rae Oliver, Assistant Chief Investigative Counsel

Rae Oliver is Assistant Chief Investigative Counsel for SIGTARP. Ms. Oliver joined SIGTARP as Investigative Counsel, where she served for more than two years. Prior to joining SIGTARP, Ms. Oliver was a Senior Attorney with the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (USPS-OIG). Before joining USPS-OIG, Ms. Oliver served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, prosecuting white collar crime and other criminal matters. Ms. Oliver has also practiced law privately at Burch Porter and Johnson, located in Memphis, Tenn., and has worked as Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives.graduate of Hamilton College, holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Oliver is a graduate of Murray State University and holds a J.D. from the University of Memphis.



Joseph Cwiklinski, Director of Legislative Affairs

Joseph Cwiklinski is Director of Legislative Affairs for SIGTARP. Prior to SIGTARP, Mr. Cwiklinski was a policy advisor for the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP), a bipartisan committee created by Congress to review the current state of the financial markets and regulatory system as well as the government’s response to the financial crisis. Before joining COP, he was Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Chuck Hagel and a subcommittee staff director for the senator. Mr. Cwiklinski began his career as a professional staff member for the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and later served as an economist for the Senate Banking Committee and a legislative assistant for Senator Lamar Alexander.

Mr. Cwiklinski is a graduate of the University of Illinois.



Rob Sholars, Director of Communications

Rob Sholars is Director of Communications for SIGTARP. Prior to SIGTARP, Mr. Sholars managed public affairs for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Before that role, Mr. Sholars worked as a consultant at Brunswick Group and APCO Worldwide where he provided senior communications counsel to companies facing critical challenges to their reputation, valuation or ability to achieve business objectives. He also managed communications for McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector Office.

Mr. Sholars is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and holds a master of international affairs in international economic policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


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