Jordan Strauss, Mariellen Davies-DeMarco and Alyssa Heim

Jordan Strauss is a managing director with the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps and a Duff & Phelps Institute Fellow. Jordan has served as Director at the White House National Security Council specializing in incident management, the Deputy Justice Attaché and Senior Legal Advisor to the U.S. Justice Department in Kabul, Afghanistan, and as a federal prosecutor and trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. An experienced trial attorney, he was also the most senior crisis and emergency lawyer in the Department of Justice. A published author and accomplished speaker, Jordan brings a unique perspective on many matters of concern to Kroll clients around the world and focuses his practice on helping his clients understand, resolve and learn from issues that threaten their competitiveness, security and prosperity.

Jordan often works with clients experiencing existential threats and is accustomed to investigating and advising on the most sensitive issues that organizations may face. His clients include large financial institutions, large and small non-profit organizations, educational institutions, law firms and defense and technology firms. He has managed the holistic response to data breaches and data leaks, helped clients navigate alleged employee and senior executive misconduct, advised on internal security issues and helped advise on pre-transactional risks. Jordan is often asked to conduct climate reviews for organizations that are concerned about diversity, safety and compliance matters. He has also conducted dozens of sexual misconduct investigations at educational institutions and is certified to do so. He has provided sworn testimony and led and participated in countless table-top and full-scale exercises relating to disaster preparedness and cyber attacks. Jordan’s clients value his ability to fact-find while treating interviewees and subjects with sensitivity and compassion. He is an expert at combining traditional investigative techniques with novel cyber and data analytics-enabled methods.

Mariellen Davies-DeMarco is a managing director in the Compliance Risk and Diligence practice of Kroll based in the Reston, VA office. Mariellen focuses on optimizing business operations and leading Kroll’s due diligence research and analysis process. Prior to this, she specialized in process excellence by developing and executing business efficiencies and quality initiatives. Mariellen started her career with Kroll by establishing and managing Kroll’s intern program in Washington, D.C. Over the course of her tenure in this role, she was responsible for the recruiting, training, and mentoring of nearly 200 interns in what has become an immensely successful program. These interns focus on multi-language research and produce work supporting Kroll offices with global due diligence, business intelligence, and compliance research.

Prior to joining Kroll, Mariellen worked for FTI Consulting following the firm’s appointment as lead investigator in the Bernard L. Madoff/BLMIS fraud case. Before this, she provided Spanish-language investigative research for boutique investigations firm Nardello & Co. Mariellen previously worked for The Mintz Group in both its Washington, D.C., and New York offices, where she conducted and supervised domestic and international investigations ranging from fraud, money laundering, and trafficking cases to due diligence, third party vendor screens, and compliance remediation. During her time with Mintz, she launched and managed the firm’s London office. Upon her return to the U.S., she supervised the firm’s due diligence department.

Alyssa Heim is director in the Compliance and Regulatory Consulting practice at Duff & Phelps. With over 10 years of regulatory experience, Alyssa has worked extensively with private fund managers and traditional registered investment advisers through all phases of their business cycle. Alyssa has assisted numerous clients to register with the SEC and NFA, establish customized compliance infrastructures, assist with the ongoing implementation of compliance programs as well as conduct mock examinations. Alyssa also has significant experience assisting clients through regulatory examinations including SEC and NFA audits.

Alyssa joined Duff & Phelps as a result of Duff & Phelps’ acquisition of Kinetic Partners. Prior to joining Kinetic Partners, Alyssa was a compliance consultant with RIA in a Box, a New York compliance consulting firm, specializing in SEC and state registrations. Alyssa managed the registration team, corresponded with state securities divisions and the SEC throughout the registration process. Alyssa assisted with registering hundreds of clients impacted by Dodd-Frank.

She received her B.A. in economics from New York University.

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Kroll’s Jordan Strauss, Mariellen Davies-DeMarco and Alyssa Heim discuss what they view as the most significant threats to good governance and offer suggestions on how best to mitigate these risks. The worst pandemic in over 100 years. A frail global supply chain. The temporary reduction in global government investigations and enforcement. For most firms, the current environment poses the greatest revenue challenges...

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