Ralph Sharpe, Esq., is head of Venable’s Financial Services Group Risk Management and Compliance Team which provides a full range of legal and consulting services to banks and savings associations. Previously, he had a 26-year career in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Sharpe was deeply involved in interagency efforts undertaken by the Federal financial services regulatory community to enhance the strength and resiliency of the financial services industry in light of the challenges presented by 9/11. He was a charter member and the OCC’s chief representative on the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) created by Presidential Executive Order shortly after 9/11 for the purpose of protecting the resiliency of the financial services sector. Sharpe received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.