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Sherry Stevens

Lecturer; Director of Risk & Compliance, PayPal

Sherry Stevens is a senior risk leader with 20+ years’ experience in consumer and small business banking. Stevens’ career has included various risk roles in the first, second, and third line-of-defense functions within the consumer financial services sector.

Stevens is currently Director of Risk & Compliance, serving as the senior strategic risk and compliance advisor to Venmo, a PayPal Company. Stevens supports Venmo on new product development, regulatory inquiries, identification and remediation of issues and high-risk incidents, development of new or improved process controls, and operationalization of enterprise risk management program requirements. Prior to supporting Venmo, Stevens was the lead Risk & Compliance Officer supporting PayPal’s global consumer products.

Before joining PayPal, Stevens worked at Bank of America for 18 years in various roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operational Risk, supporting a suite of products including small business lending, global marketing, employee banking/investments, and loyalty rewards. In this role, Stevens led all second line risk initiatives under the bank's Risk Framework including risk assessments, quality assurance reviews, Key Risk Indicators (KRI) development and reporting, and new product review/approval. Prior to that, Stevens spent 4 years as an officer within Credit Review, a third line unit responsible for independent oversight of the bank’s credit portfolios, including providing ongoing credit risk oversight over various residential mortgage credit portfolios and business units.


  • M.B.A., Management, California State University, Northridge
  • B.S., Business Administration, California State University, Northridge
  • C.P.A., Enterprise Risk Management, Columbia University, School of Professional Studies