BEGA's Board Selects A New Ethics Director

The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability formally named Ashley Cooks as the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on December 2, 2021.  Ms. Cooks served with distinction as the Acting Director for the prior six months after the departure of former OGE Director Rochelle Ford. Ms. Cooks has a long tenure with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) and is a trusted leader in the field of government ethics. She is well known for her training acumen and subject matter expertise. Ms. Cooks has also served BEGA as OGE's Supervisory Attorney Advisor and Interim General Counsel. Ms. Cooks began working at BEGA in 2015 as an Attorney Advisor.

Ms. Cooks began her legal career as a law clerk for the Senior Judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals and has also served at the United States Attorney’s Office (Civil Division) and the District of Columbia Council. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the National Association of Black Compliance & Risk Management Professionals, Inc. Ms. Cooks graduated from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law and Southern University and A&M College. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana but currently resides in Ward 5 with her family

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