Marianne Roth

Marianne Roth

Senior Fellow for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB), Chief Risk Officer at CFPB

ERM Alumna

Please share what led you to public service and the Consumer Finance Protection Board? 

I always knew I wanted to help others and make a difference. After receiving my graduate degree, I worked for consulting firms working with federal clients to learn the business, while still making a difference.  In 2017, I had the opportunity to join Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) to build their ERM program from the ground up. 

Before CFPB, I served as the Branch Manager for Enterprise Risk Management within the Office of the Chief Risk Officer at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  In this role, I oversaw all the ERM activities at TSA and led the agency in its efforts to significantly mature its ERM program.  From 2009-2014, I was the Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Efficiency Review in the Office of the Secretary at DHS.  I was responsible for identifying efficiency, improving processes, and cost recognition. The DHS Efficiency Review program was recognized by Vice President Joe Biden for achieving $4 billion in cost avoidances.  In 2008, I was selected to serve on the first DHS Presidential Transition Team.  I was responsible for helping to educate and prepare the new DHS leadership. 

Why did you choose the Enterprise Risk Enterprise (ERM) at The George Washington University, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW-CEPL)?

GW has an outstanding reputation.  I thought this ERM training would benefit TSA employees and coordinated a customized program to meet TSA’s unique goals.  GW-CEPL was willing to work with us for a high quality training program.

What tools did the program provide you with? 

The program provided the structural framework for how to make decisions, allocate resources and make trade -off decisions leading to agency reform for efficiency, and various enterprise risks.

How have you used the knowledge gained from our ERM? 

Participants were able to immediately apply the ERM concepts they learned to their everyday jobs at TSA.  TSA participants were able incorporate risk appetite concepts, stakeholder analysis, change management and further embed ERM.

Has your attendance in our ERM benefited your agency? 

If ERM is implemented well, you will not notice it.  The agency will run smoothly, there will be improved decision information for decision makers.  ERM is a holistic interdependent view, a strategic leadership approach.

What did you enjoy and appreciate the most about ERM? 

The instructors were very knowledgeable of the public sector.  The instructors understand the constraints in the federal environment and help guide our thinking in and around.

Would you refer others to attend?

I would recommend it to others.  The program is very beneficial, provides a strong foundation and you walk out with a strong understanding of ERM.




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