acss-dc-chapter - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists


D.C. Chapter

About Chapter

Come join us to promote sanctions awareness and create a community for sanctions professionals in Washington D.C.! The mission of the ACSS D.C. Chapter is to serve, inform, and advance sanctions and export controls professionals in the national Capitol region. The Chapter holds regular events centered around hot topics in the sanctions industry that impact sanctions and export controls professionals.

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Board Members

Carol Beaumier

Chapter Chair

Senior Managing Director | Protiviti
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Carol is a Senior Managing Director in the firm’s Risk and Compliance practice and oversees the firm’s Asia-Pac Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining Protiviti, Carol was a Partner with Arthur Andersen where she led the Global Regulatory Practice; a founding member of The Secura Group and leader of the firm’s Risk Management practice; and a regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department.

An experienced consultant with more than thirty-five years of experience, Carol has extensive knowledge of numerous risk and regulatory issues affecting the financial services industry and frequently writes about and speaks on these issues.

For the last several years, Carol has been a regular presenter at the Institute of International Bankers’ BSA/AML/OFAC Training Series. She is also a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law for which she has designed and is teaching a financial crimes course in the University’s Certificate in Financial Services Compliance program.

Donald Pearce

Senior Advisor

Torres Trade Advisory
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Donald Pearce, a retired Special Agent from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, is a subject matter expert in strategic trade control policy, transnational criminal investigations, and national security issues. He provides real-world solutions and guidance to companies and governments on security and compliance strategies, due diligence research, and successfully implementing and navigating multilateral trade controls.

A dynamic public speaker, Mr. Pearce has delivered keynote addresses, case studies, and panel presentations worldwide to various audiences. He has developed training scenarios based on actual events, acted as emcee and moderator in various government and private programs, and most recently delivered content via virtual conferences and small group appearances. Mr. Pearce is well-known in the strategic trade community and beyond; he has lectured at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Stimson Center Security & Strategic Trade Control Academy, published articles in World ECR and Export Compliance Manager and is a featured guest on international news programs. Mr. Pearce is adept at helping audiences understand the most complex international trade and national security policy issues and integrating lessons learned into good compliance and security strategies.

Before his retirement in 2020, Mr. Pearce served as the acting Unit Chief for Liaison and Interdiction, providing subject matter expertise to international organizations, other government agencies, and industry worldwide. Mr. Pearce was the principal author of the 2016 amendments to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Best Practices for Export Control Enforcement, drawing on over 30 years of customs and strategic trade control experience. Mr. Pearce used his knowledge of cyber investigative and forensics techniques to partner with the FBI on a targeted outreach program focused on export control-related cybersecurity issues, significantly increasing awareness in the industry. His career included prosecuting precedent-setting cases, establishing the Regional Export Control Officer position at the US Embassy in Singapore, coordinating successful interdictions of dangerous goods, and protecting the international supply chain through successful public/private cooperative efforts.


Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Pearce received the Commerce Department Gold Medal for his role in a complex criminal investigation that dismantled an Iranian procurement network that provided components for use in improvised explosive devices. Mr. Pearce was awarded the Commerce Department Silver Medal for investigative excellence and the US Department of Justice Executive Assistant Attorney General’s Award as a case agent in the PPG Industries investigation, which uncovered a conspiracy to supply specialty coatings for an unauthorized nuclear end-use in Pakistan. The case resulted in record-setting fines and a guilty plea by a Chinese state-owned enterprise, a first in US jurisprudence. Mr. Pearce has also been awarded the Commerce Department Gold Medal for his participation in protection operations for the Secretary of Commerce during his 2003 visits to Iraq and Afghanistan and a Bronze Medal recognizing his significant contributions to the Export Control Officer program.

David Kostelansky

Subject matter expert

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David Kostelansky has subject matter expertise in economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and illicit finance, corruption, human rights, due diligence, strategic planning, and process optimization. Currently, David is the Division Chief for Anti-Corruption and Illicit Finance at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Department of the Treasury. He oversees the implementation of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program which targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world. In 2021, David was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by then-Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, and in 2017 was awarded “Outstanding New Employee of the Year.”

David has extensive private sector experience. He was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Business Intelligence Services where he worked with a diverse group of finance, defense, and intelligence organizations. Prior to that role, David worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit where he researched and reported on multinational corporations, banking, and foreign direct investment in China. 

David received a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College and a B.A. in International Economic Relations from American University. He also spent time studying at the London School of Economics and Peking University. 

Dennis Krepp

Export Controls Trade Manager

Caterpillar Inc
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Dennis is the Export Controls Trade Manager within the Trade Center of Excellence at Caterpillar Inc. He joined Caterpillar in November 2019 and has responsibility for export policy, licensing and classifications, as well as restricted party screening and sanctions compliance. Prior to joining Caterpillar he was the Division Director for the Sensors & Aerospace Division (S&AD) within the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration. Dennis is a retired U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Engineer and while on active duty he also spent four years at the Department of State as a political-military advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation on space and missile proliferation issues and was the Head of the U.S. delegation to the multinational Missile Technology Control Regime Technical Experts Meetings.

Peter Grigg

Director, Compliance and Control, OFAC/Economic Sanctions Advisory Officer

BNY Mellon
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Peter has over a decade of professional experience in the financial services industry having specialized in senior program management and advisory roles within global economic sanctions compliance programs. His experience includes coordinating the development and execution of comprehensive enterprise-level economic sanctions risk assessments across multiple financial services business lines and jurisdictions, developing data-driven methodologies for measuring sanctions risk tolerance and related analysis, establishing inventories of sanctions-related laws, rules, and regulations used to support financial services’ development of controls and governance infrastructure. Most recently, Peter joined BNY Mellon in an advisory capacity supporting the business lines as they navigate a complex global regulatory environment.

Before establishing a career within economic sanctions compliance risk management, Peter held various management roles within consumer banking legal and regulatory compliance organizations. Peter is a D.C. native; he earned his JD/MBA from Duke University and bachelors in International Relations and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.


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