Chip Poncy is the global co-head of the K2 Intelligence Financial Integrity Network (K2-FIN) Financial Crimes Risk and Compliance practice, and is a senior advisor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Economic and Financial Power.
From 2002 to 2013, Chip served as the inaugural Director of the Office of Strategic Policy for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (OSP) and a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As the Director of OSP from 2006 to 2013, Chip led an office of strategic policy advisors in creating policies and initiatives to combat the full spectrum of illicit finance, including money laundering, terrorist financing, WMD proliferation financing, and kleptocracy flows. As a Senior Advisor from 2002 to 2006, he assisted Treasury leadership in developing the U.S. government’s post-9/11 strategy to combat terrorist financing. He also assisted senior leadership in creating and developing the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the post-9/11 government reorganization.
Chip led the U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) from 2010 to 2013, co-chaired the policy working group of the FATF from 2007-2013, and managed U.S. participation in various G7, G8 and G20 illicit finance experts groups from 2008-2013. Key accomplishments in these roles included assisting in the revision and adoption of the FATF’s global standards and assessment processes for future jurisdictional reviews under the FATF global network, and facilitating the integration of counter-illicit finance into the broader global financial reform agenda since 2008.
Prior to launching FIN, Chip served as HSBC's interim head of financial crimes compliance for Mexico and the Latin American region, assisting in the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide financial crimes compliance program adherent to global standards.
Chip began his career as an associate in the New York offices of the law firm White & Case and has served as general counsel to biotechnology and internet radio companies. He co-pioneered a graduate course on national security and the international financial system as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, received an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B.A. in government.