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Mark Leita, Marketing/Public Relations
Firstmark Credit Union
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Tamika Baker Named Chief Risk Officer for Firstmark Credit Union
Industry Veteran Hiring Signals Focus on Enhancing Organization’s Approach to Risk Management

San Antonio, TX (October 26, 2016) – Firstmark Credit Union has strengthened its Risk Management division with the hiring of Tamika Baker as its Chief Risk Officer. Baker’s primary responsibility includes providing oversight and direct execution of the credit union’s enterprise risk management program.

“Tamika brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the financial services industry, and she will be an integral part of our executive team,” said Nathanael Tarwasokono, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Financial institutions are operating in a unique regulatory environment, and Tamika will assist our organization to manage risk and support healthy growth.”

Baker joins the executive team after spending 14 years in progressive leadership roles within the financial services industry. Most recently, she held the position of Vice President and Control Officer with JPMorgan Chase. In that role, she served as the lead on specific regulatory programs that impacted each line of business and function within the bank. In addition to serving as a Control Officer at JPMorgan, she also served as an Operational Risk Manager, starting up the risk management programs for the Retail, Telephone Banking and Collection Litigation lines of business. Prior to her tenure at JPMorgan Chase, Baker spent several years as a risk management consultant and independently created an automated risk methodology framework. As an experienced risk management executive, she has also served as the Securities Compliance Officer for Capital One Financial Corporation in Washington, DC.

Baker joins Firstmark at a time when the rapidly-evolving regulatory environment requires credit unions to be nimble and adapt swiftly to change. By hiring Baker, Firstmark is enhancing its approach to risk management while continuing to preserve the safety and soundness of the credit union over the long term. 

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union is committed to giving back to our community and making a difference in the lives of others. Founded in 1932 by educators, Firstmark is San Antonio’s oldest state-chartered credit union, managing over $1 billion in assets and serving members throughout Bexar County and many surrounding counties in southwest Texas with sixteen locations. Firstmark is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, dedicated to meeting the needs of our members with innovative products,competitive rates and personal service. For more information, visit or call (210) 342-8484.