When Amy was a kid, she loved to visit her father at work. "On days when children were allowed to come in, he would show me what he was doing on his computer, like drawing engineering diagrams for circuit boards," she says. "Seeing a visual representation helps me to understand complex systems."
With a curious mind and a love of how things work, Amy attended the University of Maryland, where she completed her undergraduate degree in accounting and finance. After college, she entered the world of public accounting as an auditor.
In 2004, Amy joined Freddie Mac's Finance division in corporate accounting to help with compliance. "Because of that work, I gravitated toward operational risk, looking at controls, and making processes better while doing lots of flow charts," she says.
For many years, Amy performed operational risk oversight for different divisions, including Freddie Mac Multifamily, Information Technology and Capital Markets, giving her broad experience within the company.
In 2017, she took a leadership role with the new Enterprise Operations division to establish a company-wide governance structure for payment fraud risk.
Thanks to Amy's negotiating skills, her team successfully established roles and responsibilities, set expectations company-wide and managed implementation of the proper controls. "It took coming to the table multiple times and hearing multiple points of view," she says. "Navigating that takes time."
Amy takes great satisfaction in collaborating with others to accomplish a goal. "I took a personality test that identified me as an 'integrator.' That's me!" she laughs. "I do enjoy bringing people and process together. You can't do anything without people."
"There are so many places where Amy is making a difference," says her manager, VP Treasury Operations, Trust and Cash Administration Bill Buckner. "Leading across the organization, building a new function and delivering risk management solutions are no easy tasks. Amy leads by building good teams, establishing credibility, and being results oriented. Examples we all strive for."
"When I started in accounting," says Amy. "I didn't always love the numbers, but I always understood the need for having rules and structure. In terms of process, I seem to have this weird gut instinct for seeing the right way versus the wrong way of doing things, while still taking calculated risks."