Heather Olsson is a director at K2 Integrity, based in Washington, D.C. Heather advises financial institutions—ranging from virtual asset service providers to global financial institutions—and jurisdictional clients on financial crimes compliance matters, including anti-money laundering (AML), combating the financing of terrorism (CFT), and other threats to the international financial system. She helps clients develop best-in-class financial crimes compliance programs; identify, assess, and address complex illicit finance risks; and design and implement robust systems, processes, and controls to ensure compliance with AML/CFT global standards setters.
Prior to joining K2 Integrity, Heather was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Financial Crimes Compliance practice. In this capacity, Heather led AML program development and transformation efforts for financial institutions with operations across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She conducted AML/CFT gap assessments, risk assessments, independent testing, transaction monitoring lookbacks, and Know Your Customer (KYC) remediations, in addition to leading executive-level briefings and assisting financial institutions in responding to regulatory actions.
Heather holds an M.P.A. in international security policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she was a graduate fellow with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in political science and was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. Heather is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Areas of Expertise
- Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), Sanctions, and Fraud Compliance Programs
- Enterprise-Wide Financial Crime Risk Assessments
- Know Your Customer (KYC) Due Diligence
- AML Model Validation, System Tuning, and Testing
- Sanctions Risk Advisory Services
- Transaction Monitoring Advisory Services
Education and Certifications
- Columbia University, M.P.A.
- University of California at San Diego, B.A.