Biography

Sepideh Behram Rowland is a managing director in the Financial Crimes Risk Management practice at K2 Integrity, where she serves as head of managed services. With more than 20 years of financial crimes compliance experience, Sepideh has held leadership positions, including chief compliance officer, at several of the financial community’s most respected institutions, community banks, and money services businesses. Her areas of expertise include ensuring compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA); Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC), and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) regulations; and various sanctions programs. 

Sepideh’s experience is broad and includes the implementation of state-of-the-art compliance systems, the management of large transaction monitoring teams, the management of consent and enforcement actions, and the establishment of governance oversight programs. Prior to her role at K2 Integrity, she served as principal vice president and BSA officer at Burke & Herbert Bank; senior vice president and chief compliance officer at The Bancorp Bank; vice president, global head of compliance and ethics at American Express; chief compliance officer for Travelex Global Business Payments, Inc. for North America; general counsel of Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association); senior compliance counsel for BSA/AML at the American Bankers Association; director of global AML for E*TRADE Financial, deputy chief compliance officer for E*TRADE Bank; and second vice president and special assets manager at Monroe Bank and Trust.

Sepideh currently serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Capital Chapter Advisory Board for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, and as an Advisory Board Member (former Chair) for the American Bankers Association Certified AML and Fraud Professional certification program.

Sepideh received a J.D. from Michigan State University School of Law and a B.A. in political science and sociology from The George Washington University. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in Michigan. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Sepideh earned the Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer designation from the Independent Community Bankers of America and a Certified AML and Fraud Professional designation from the American Bankers Association.

Education and Certifications

  • Michigan State University School of Law, J.D.
  • The George Washington University, B.A.
  • Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer (CCBCO)
  • Certified AML and Fraud Professional (CAFP)