G. Elaine Wood

Vice President
G. Elaine Wood | Risk Investigations Analytics | Charles River Associates

Elaine Wood is a vice president in the Risk, Investigations & Analytics Practice at CRA, based in New York.

Ms. Wood is a former federal prosecutor and a compliance expert with over 20 years of experience conducting international investigations and consulting on internal controls and procedures. Her independent findings have been submitted to regulators, courts, and law enforcement agencies. She works with clients to implement compliance controls, and specializes in emerging technology solutions in security, risk management, and data governance. She regularly conducts compliance assessments and reviews.

Ms. Wood works with financial institutions, insurance companies, private equity funds, other multinational companies and government agencies. She advises on anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) programs, OFAC, FCPA and UK Bribery Act issues, compliance, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and gap analysis.

Ms. Wood was formerly a managing director at Duff & Phelps focusing on risk assessment and regulatory compliance, technology, and investigations. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, she was a Managing Director for over 10 years at Kroll and, more recently, at Alvarez & Marsal, where she oversaw high-profile fraud investigations and helped implement compliance protocols.

Ms. Wood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for six years, where she led fraud and civil racketeering cases, successfully instituting a court-appointed monitor for the Restaurant Workers Union in New York City. She began her legal career as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Ms. Wood is a member of the Board of the Women’s Forum of New York, a network of women leaders in the professions, arts and business.

She is also a member of the Board of Legal Momentum, the Women’s Defense & Education Fund, where she serves as Pro Bono General Counsel. Legal Momentum is dedicated to advancing the rights of all women and girls.

Selected engagements

  • 01
    Identification of offshore assets
    CRA team members conducted an asset search to identify $200 million in assets secreted in tax haven vehicles located in jurisdictions around the globe. The...
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  • 02
    Racial discrimination investigation
    The CRA team investigated allegations of racial discrimination and hostile work environment made by the Vice President against the President of a national...
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  • 03
    AML compliance program
    CRA’s Elaine Wood led an AML program review and assessment for a financial institution in emerging markets. She helped devise risk-based due diligence...
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