John Stewart leads the legal, governance, risk and compliance functions at BECU, Washington’s largest credit union. As a data-driven leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, John’s areas of expertise include strategy, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, board reporting, executive leadership and risk governance.
Over the course of his career, John has gained experience blending corporate leadership, financial modeling, and operational and program management expertise. He has worked both as a consultant and as a corporate executive, dealing with a broad array of financial services and a wide range of regulatory regimes and regulators.
Prior to BECU, John held leadership roles in enterprise risk management, credit and operational risk, market risk and interest modeling, economic capital and regulatory capital expertise. John’s extensive leadership history in financial services, along with his PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, have given him a strong ability to understand financial models that inform risk governance and to develop disciplined frameworks for balancing risk vs. return in a sustainable way.
John currently serves on the boards for the Open Window School and the Institute for Family Development, and is a faculty member of the University of Washington’s Computational Finance and Risk Management program.