The Office of Compliance and Ethics (OCE) coordinates and manages the Insitutional Compliance and Ethics Program by emphasizing essential compliance program functions in a way that is tailored to Georgetown's unique culture, organizational structure, and characteristics. OCE distributes, and provides training on, the University's Code of Ethical Conduct, operates the Compliance Helpline (Georgetown's reporting hotline), manages the Protection of Minors Policy, is a key contributor to the University's enterprise risk management (ERM) system, and provides leadership, advice and assistance on a range of matters.
James E. Ward
Associate Vice President for Compliance and Ethics and Associate University Counsel
Jim Ward joined Georgetown in 2001. Before opening the OCE, Jim served as the primary counsel to the Medical Center and oversaw litigation for the University as a member of the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Jim was a Senior Trial Counsel in the Civil Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. A graduate of Williams College and Vanderbilt Law School, Jim has also taught at the George Washington University School of Law and in the Jesuit Commons-Higher Education at the Margins program.
Senior Compliance Specialist and Protection of Minors Policy Manager
Anne Koester joined the Office of Compliance & Ethics in October of 2012, after serving as Director of Off-Campus Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs. She is a native of Ohio, where she attended Bowling Green State University (BS, Education) and the University of Toledo College of Law (Doctor of Jurisprudence). She practiced as a trial lawyer in Toledo for ten years, primarily in the areas of products liability and complex tort litigation, before deciding to pursue theology studies at St. John’s University (MA, Theology), Collegeville, MN. Anne is an adjunct member of the Theology Department at Georgetown University, teaching courses in the areas of Catholic worship and Christian initiation.
Research Analyst and Compliance Associate
Nick Peavy joined the Office of Compliance & Ethics in August of 2016, after working in federal financial regulation at the Farm Credit Administration. Nick is a proud North Carolinain who graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Applied Economics with a focus on environmental policy.