ACSS Government Relations Task Force

The Government Relations Task Force was created to develop and foster relationships with different regulatory agencies responsible for sanctions, including OFAC, OFSI, the European Commission, the U.S. State Department, and equivalent agencies internationally.

Our goal is to open a channel of communication with government entities so that we better understand their regulatory requirements and they better understand how the regulations impact industries. We plan to assist the members with written materials, webinars, seminars, roundtable discussions with guest speakers.

Government Relations Task Force Survey for ACSS Members

The ACSS’s Government Relations Task Force was launched in September 2020 to help maintain relationships with the government agencies around the world that are involved in sanctions administration and enforcement. As the Task Force plans for 2021, we want to ensure our objectives satisfy this mission and the ACSS community. To that end, we ask ACSS members to complete the following brief survey to advise which endeavors would be of greatest value to ACSS and of interest to you.

Amber Vitale FTI Consulting Managing Director
Clay Stevenson Deutsche Bank Managing Director, Sanctions & Embargoes, Americas
Nicole Succar Crowell & Moring Counsel
Jennifer Stuart Smith Citibank Director, LATAM Government Affairs & Corporate Citizenship
Eric Rudolph FTI Consulting Senior Director
Forensic & Litigation Consulting
Barry Goldbrenner Wurk Exec VP, Head of Legal Risk & Compliance
Stuart Gamester Shell Trade Compliance Manager – Trading and Supply
Sal Scotto Bank of China SVP, Legal and Compliance, Head of Sanctions
Shaswat Das King & Spalding Counsel
Robert Walsh AXA Group Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Global Financial Crime Officer

Interested in joining the task force?

We accept sanctions professionals from corporations, government agencies, international organizations, and financial institutions to serve on the ACSS Government Relations Taskforce. The scope of this volunteer activity is approximately 12 months, and term of service is for 1 year, potentially renewable. The time commitment is manageable and spread throughout the year. We plan to have quarterly conference calls of 90 minutes.

Interested candidates should email us at along with a biography, exemplifying applicable qualifications.

Task Force Qualifications

  • Required: Currently a member of ACSS.
  • Have 5+ years of experience in managing an area of OFAC/sanctions topics
  • Have worked for a government agency on OFAC/sanctions topics
  • Is well connected in the OFAC/sanctions community to help make new connections
  • Is a supporter of ACSS educational programming (or sends staff)

Due to a limited number of open task force slots, there is no guarantee of acceptance. However, applicants may also be considered for other ACSS taskforces where openings exist. If you are selected, you will be sent a formal invitation to service along with more detailed roles and responsibilities for you to evaluate before accepting or declining the invitation.