About OCE/OCE Staff

The Office of Compliance and Ethics (OCE) coordinates and manages the Institutional 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.

OCE Staff

James E. Ward

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.

Anne Koester

Anne Koester
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. 


Code of Ethical Conduct

Georgetown University Compliance Helpline

Jack the Bulldog in a Georgetown striped shirt
The Georgetown University Compliance Helpline is a safe, and anonymous if desired, way to report problems or raise questions or concerns. To access the Helpline, click on Jack or call 888-239-9181