• Name: Christina Lara-Fernandez
  • Title: Information Management Specialist
  • Company: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Department / Division: Supervision & Regulation

Where are you from?

Chicago (Pilsen), Illinois

What college did you go to and what was your major?

I received my Bachelor’s degree at Columbia College my major focused on Computer Programing. At DePaul University, I received my Master’s degree with a focus on Project Management & Strategic Planning.

What do you do at your financial firm?

I lead and support Records and Information Management projects in Banking Supervision and Regulation systems. These efforts ensure our local S&R department staff have the most efficient and effective information management and data available to them. Having this responsibility ensures staff can process and execute their supervision and regulation responsibilities. Our team ensures information is categorized, preserved and destroyed in accordance with federal laws, regulations and guidance.

Why do you like working in the financial services industry?

It has allowed me to obtain transferrable knowledge and skills in each new role I have acquired. I believe that my upbringing and my experiences allow me to think differently, to be open to new and different ideas, and to be comfortable in unknown environments. I have moved successfully into various departments and teams. Being able to lead and participate in many FRS system efforts has allowed me to learn about specific sectors, industries and people. Gaining this knowledge applies to many aspects of the financial sector and is invaluable to many organizations. Working with various cross business teams and industry contacts, I have been able to develop a solid network both within and outside my area of expertise. This has helped me advance in my profession and has given me opportunities to be successful in different roles.

What is your favorite quote or life philosophy?

“Say what you feel, and do what you say. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr.Suess

What advice would you give to someone who is new to the financial services industry?

Think about what you value most and build your life around that answer.