Board of Directors - Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.
Peter G. Fitzgerald, J.D. - Chairman of the Board
Mr. Peter G. Fitzgerald is the Chairman of the Board of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. His professional background is in banking, law, and public service.
With a family history in banking dating back to 1940, Mr. Fitzgerald has a strong foundation in the industry. His approach to banking emphasizes maintaining liquidity, asset quality, and financial strength.
Mr. Fitzgerald began his legal career as an associate at Chicago’s Isham, Lincoln & Beale and then practiced banking law at Riordan, Larson, Bruckert & Moore. Subsequently, he served as General Counsel for Suburban Bancorp, Inc., overseeing legal affairs for thirteen banks and various non-bank subsidiaries. Following the merger of Suburban Bancorp with the Bank of Montreal (BMO) in 1994, Mr. Fitzgerald continued in this capacity until the end of 1996. Between 1988 and 1998, he held board positions at three nationally chartered commercial banks and one state-chartered commercial bank.
In 1998, Mr. Fitzgerald was elected to the United States Senate. He represented Illinois for twelve years as both a U.S. Senator (1999-2005) and State Senator (1993-1998).
Mr. Fitzgerald completed his secondary education at Portsmouth Abbey School. He earned his A.B. degree, cum laude, with highest distinction in Classics, from Dartmouth College, and was a co-recipient of the Perkins Literature Prize. As a Rotary scholar, he spent one year studying Modern Greek at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Mr. Fitzgerald earned his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.
As the Chairman of the Board for Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. since its incorporation in 2006 and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. since its chartering in 2007, Mr. Fitzgerald has implemented a conservative banking strategy for the organization.
Mark Martinelli, CPA, CGMA, CAMS - Chair of the Audit Committee
Mr. Mark Martinelli is a Director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. His professional background is in bank auditing and accounting.
Throughout his career, Mr. Martinelli has held numerous leadership positions, including CEO, CFO, and Chief Audit Executive. From 2014, following its spinoff from General Electric Company and initial public offering, until his retirement in 2022, Mr. Martinelli served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Audit Executive at Synchrony Financial, the largest issuer of private label credit cards in the U.S. Prior to that, he was a senior audit executive at HSBC North America Holdings and its predecessor, Republic New York Corporation, where he was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Martinelli began his career as a Senior Manager in the Financial Services practice at KPMG, LLP.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Martinelli actively participates in academia and industry discussions. He is a member of the Stan Ross Accountancy Board at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, and serves on the Department of Accounting & Taxation Executive Advisory Board at St. John's University. Mr. Martinelli serves as the Vice Chair of the Baruch College Fund Audit Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John's University and contributes to The CPA Journal as a member of the Editorial Review Board.
Mr. Martinelli is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He chairs the Audit Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Dr. Yonesy F. Núñez, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CGEIT - Chair of the Information Technology Committee
Dr. Yonesy F. Núñez serves as a Director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. He possesses an extensive background in information security and technology and has been serving as the Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) since July 2023. Dr. Núñez’s previous roles include Chief Information Security Officer at Jack Henry & Associates, a leading provider of core processing software and services to U.S. banks, and various senior information security positions at Wells Fargo and Citi.
He serves on the advisory boards of Forgepoint Capital and Glilot Capital Partners. His academic credentials include a Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing Information Assurance and Security from Pace University, a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering from New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Computer Information Systems, with a minor in Economics, from Manhattan College.
Dr. Núñez is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has limited working proficiency in Italian and Japanese. His contributions to the field of financial information security include his co-invention of two patents, "Risk Detection of False Customer Information," U.S. Patent No. 11132697 B2, issued September 28, 2021, and "System and Methods for Assessing Risk of Fraud in an Electronic Transaction," U.S. Patent No. 11416863 B2, issued August 16, 2022.
He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). Dr. Núñez chairs the Information Technology Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.
Michael J. Conover - Chair of the Risk Committee
Mr. Michael J. Conover is a Director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. He served as a financial services industry Partner at KPMG LLP (U.S.) for over 20 years until his retirement in 2020, but continues working on a specific assignment with KPMG LLP (Canada) as a Senior Advisor.
During his tenure at KPMG, Mr. Conover established the Financial Risk Management (FRM) practice in the U.S., led the Global Capital Markets sector for Audit, Tax and Advisory, and engaged in numerous financial advisory and risk management assignments around the world. He served as KPMG’s Global Lead Partner for several of the world’s largest banks and financial services companies.
Before joining KPMG, Mr. Conover was a Managing Director at The Secura Group, focusing on financial consulting and risk management. He also held positions at Ryan, Beck & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he was involved in bank mergers, acquisitions, and capital-raising assignments. Mr. Conover began his banking career at First Bank & Trust of Ithaca as Acting Controller.
In addition to his professional work, Mr. Conover is actively involved in governance and education. He has been a member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees since 2014 and served on the Newport Music Festival Board of Trustees from 2019 to 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ithaca College and participated in the IMD Global Lead Partner Leadership Program in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Conover received recognition as one of the Top 25 Consultants by Consulting Magazine and was listed among the Leading Financial Services Consultants of the World by Euromoney. He chairs the Risk Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Leigh-Alexandra Basha, J.D., L.L.M. - Chair of the Trust Oversight Committee
Ms. Leigh-Alexandra Basha serves on the Board of Directors for both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. Ms. Basha is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she leads the firm's Private Client Practice Group in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on international estate and tax planning, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, tax compliance, business succession planning, and pre-immigration planning.
Prior to her current position at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which she assumed in 2015, Ms. Basha was a partner at Holland & Knight, LLP for a decade, during which time she chaired its International Private Wealth Services practice. Her career in law began at Peterson & Basha, PLC (and its predecessor firm), where she worked from 1985 until 2005, initially as an associate and later as a partner. She received her A.B. degree from Georgetown University, her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Basha has served as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law, teaching wills, trusts, and estates. She has authored or edited various publications on international tax and estate planning, including "A Guide to International Estate Planning: Drafting, Compliance, and Administration Strategies,” Second Edition.
Her professional recognitions include inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Tax Law and Trusts and Estates, a Band 1 ranking in Chambers High Net Worth for Private Wealth Law, recognition in "Who’s Who Legal 100" for Private Client, a Top Rated Attorney by "Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine," and induction into "Washingtonian Magazine's" Top Wealth Advisers Hall of Fame in 2023.
Ms. Basha is a member of the American Bar Association, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the US Tax Court. Ms. Basha is fluent in French. She chairs the Trust Oversight Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.
In her capacity as a director of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A., Ms. Basha's contributions are independent of her professional obligations at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
John J. Brough, M.B.A.
Mr. John J. Brough joined Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. as an Organizer, Chief Executive Officer and Director in July 2006. He became a Director and the founding Chief Executive Officer of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. on August 6, 2007, the day the Bank commenced operations and received its charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Brough was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of James Monroe Bancorp, Inc. Earlier in his career, he was Senior Vice President, Regional Controller, and Cashier at First Virginia Banks, Inc.
Mr. Brough earned his B.S. degree and M.B.A. from Georgetown University. He also participated in the Georgetown International Management Graduate Business Program at Oxford University, England. He maintained his CPA license from 1999 to 2017.
Mr. Brough is actively involved in the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA), where he serves on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the board of VBA Management Services, Inc. and a Trustee of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management. From 2015 to 2018, he chaired the Board of Governors of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School, a Roman Catholic college preparatory school located in Arlington, Virginia.
David M. Evinger, M.B.A.
Mr. David M. Evinger, with over 30 years of experience in commercial banking and risk management, holds key management roles at both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. He serves as Director, President, Secretary, and Chief Credit Officer of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A., as well as Director, President, and Secretary of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Mr. Evinger joined Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. in July 2006 as an Organizer and became Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. on August 6, 2007, the day the Bank commenced operations and received its charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In 2018, the Bank Board promoted him to President of Risk Management, and in 2020, to President of the Bank. The Company Board promoted him to President of the Company in 2013, and he was elected to the Company Board in 2016 and the Bank Board in 2018.
Prior to his time at Chain Bridge, Mr. Evinger served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at James Monroe Bank. He has also held positions in credit and risk management at United Bank, Cardinal Bank, and Freddie Mac. He began his banking career as a credit analyst at Franklin National Bank.
Mr. Evinger holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Marymount University and is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers (VBA) School of Bank Management. He serves as the Chairman of the VBA Lending Executives Committee and on the Advisory Board of the College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology at Marymount University. Since 2015, Mr. Evinger has been a faculty member at the Carolinas-Virginia Commercial Lending School of the Risk Management Association (RMA).
Thomas G. Fitzgerald, Jr., CFA - Chair of the Asset-Liability Committee
Mr. Thomas G. Fitzgerald, Jr. serves on the Board of Directors of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. His professional experience is in investment management and banking, with expertise in fixed-income analysis, financial statement analysis, and corporate finance.
Since September 2018, Mr. Fitzgerald has served as the CEO of Fitzgerald Investment Management Company LLC, where he oversees a single-family office that prioritizes asset allocation and cost-effective investment strategies for individuals and limited partnerships. In this role, Mr. Fitzgerald manages both public and private investments.
In addition to his CEO position, Mr. Fitzgerald has been a Manager of TF Management LLC, the General Partner of TGF Investments, L.P., since 2018. In this capacity, he manages private investments, including the partnership's investments in Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Prior to his current roles, Mr. Fitzgerald held various positions at First Bancorp of Durango, Inc. between 2012 and 2018. He served as a Director and later as President from September 2017 to September 2018. During his tenure, he managed the company's merger with Triumph Bancorp, Inc. and served as a Director at the First National Bank of Durango and Bank of New Mexico.
From 2008 to 2017, Mr. Fitzgerald worked as a Managing Director at Perry Capital, a New York City-based investment management firm specializing in cross-asset and event-driven strategies. He managed the firm's largest investments in financial institutions in the United States and globally and focused on distressed debt across various industries.
Mr. Fitzgerald began his professional career as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Lehman Brothers, where he served on teams advising regional banks during the Global Financial Crisis. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, with minors in Classics and Management Science & Engineering. He chairs the Asset-Liability Committee (ALCO) of the Board of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Andrew J. Fitzgerald, J.D., M.B.A.
Mr. Andrew J. Fitzgerald serves on the Board of Directors for both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. His professional experience is in banking, investment banking, investment management, and bank and securities regulatory matters.
Since January 2018, Mr. Fitzgerald has served as the Chief Investment Officer and, since January 2022, the Managing General Partner, of Otis Road Investments, L.P. This single-family office focuses on family wealth preservation, capital appreciation, and diversification, actively investing in the banking and financial services sectors and a variety of other industries. His role involves managing both public and private investments, including commercial banks, and leveraging financial and capital allocation expertise to foster business growth across diverse sectors.
From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Fitzgerald was a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Hovde Group, an investment bank specializing in financial institutions. His career began with a summer associate position at Ropes & Gray LLP, followed by a tenure at Lazard focusing on M&A advisory and corporate restructuring.
In addition to his banking and investment management work, Mr. Fitzgerald is co-founder of Trippers & Askers, a winery based in Santa Barbara, California.
Mr. Fitzgerald has been a director of Southern Wisconsin Bancshares Corporation and Farmers Savings Bank since 2013. He also served as a director of Southern Colorado Corporation from 2014 to 2018, and he held directorships at Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs (2017-2018) and First Bancorp of Durango, Inc. (2012-2014).
Mr. Fitzgerald earned his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Joseph M. Fitzgerald - Chair of the Loan Committee (No relation to Peter G. Fitzgerald)
Mr. Joseph M. Fitzgerald serves as a director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. He has been a member of the Bank's Board since its founding in 2007 and joined the Company's board in October 2022. His professional expertise is in bank examination and credit risk consulting.
Since January 2005, Mr. Fitzgerald has been the president of Fitzgerald Financial LLC, providing risk management and regulatory consulting services to financial institutions worldwide. He previously spent over 18 years at the Secura Group, where he was the Managing Director of its global credit services practice. His career commenced as a National Bank Examiner with the Multinational Banking Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator of nationally chartered banks.
Mr. Fitzgerald graduated from the University of Notre Dame and completed further studies at the Darden School of International Banking at the University of Virginia. He passed the Certified Public Accountant exam but did not pursue licensure. Mr. Fitzgerald chairs the Loan Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A.
Michelle L. Korsmo - Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee
Ms. Michelle L. Korsmo serves as a director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. Her professional experience is in leading trade associations, government affairs, and corporate governance.
Since May 2022, Ms. Korsmo has been president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises approximately one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.5 million employees. She is also the chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
From September 2018 to May 2022, Ms. Korsmo was president and chief executive officer of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. She also served seven years as head of the American Land Title Association, the national trade association for real estate settlement services and the land title industry. Prior to ALTA, Ms. Korsmo served as executive vice president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. She was previously deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ms. Korsmo has been serving as a Trustee and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee at Sterling Multifamily Trust since 2017.
After completing her education at North Dakota State University, Ms. Korsmo started her career as a business owner in her home state of North Dakota, where she built a public advocacy and political consulting firm representing a consortium of organizations before the North Dakota Legislature.
Ms. Korsmo chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Benita Thompson-Byas - Chair of the Compensation Committee
Ms. Benita Thompson-Byas serves as a director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. She has been a member of the Bank’s board since its founding in 2007 and joined the Company board in October 2022. Her areas of expertise include marketing, communications, business operations, and human resources.
In her position as Senior Vice President and Vice Chair of Thompson Hospitality, L.P. since January 2008, Ms. Thompson-Byas has been instrumental in steering the company to its status as the largest minority-owned food service company in the United States. She oversees all aspects of marketing, including the development and execution of comprehensive marketing plans, firm research, promotional activities, and collaboration with food committees. Additionally, Ms. Thompson-Byas serves as the Director of Community Relations at Thompson Hospitality, orchestrating the company’s philanthropic efforts. Her tenure with Thompson Hospitality began in November 1992.
She is also responsible for overseeing the partnership between Thompson Hospitality and Compass Group, which involves operations at over 600 dining centers in 46 states and 6 countries. The partnership focuses on supporting diverse suppliers and fostering educational and career opportunities, notably through collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Ms. Thompson-Byas earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the Compensation Committee of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.
Paul W. Leavitt
Mr. Paul W. Leavitt serves as a director of both Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. He joined the Company Board as a director in December 2016 and was elected a director of the Bank in January 2018. His professional background is in journalism and communications.
Since September 2001, Mr. Leavitt has served on the Board of Trustees of Drake University. He has also been on the Board of Directors for Mill Reef Properties, Inc. since March 2018, previously holding this position from March 2006 to March 2012.
Mr. Leavitt had a 21-year career with USA Today in various editorial capacities, including as the Washington News Editor. Prior to joining USA Today, he spent 11 years as an editor and reporter for the Des Moines Register. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from Drake University and then studied Russian at Moscow State University. Mr. Leavitt serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Board of Chain Bridge Bancorp, Inc.