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West Coast Anti Money-Laundering Forum

West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum

May 3-5, 2023

An annual conference that fosters a confidential and cooperative exchange of knowledge and ideas in the fight against financial crime.

WCAML hosts an in-person event at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco, CA. This year's event is scheduled for May 3-5, 2023. An optional blockchain investigations training will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 2 and is complimentary for all attendees.

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Over thirty years ago, a small group of San Francisco-based bankers began meeting for lunch with local representatives from IRS Criminal Investigations to discuss Bank Secrecy Act-related issues and concerns. These luncheons evolved into the West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum, a nationally recognized conference where financial industry and law enforcement professionals come together with common goals: to gain a better understanding of the challenges we all face, receive updates on current AML topics and trends, and forge a cooperative relationship.

The conference is planned and executed by a group of volunteers from a cross section of the financial industry and law enforcement. The agenda encompasses a wide variety of topics, including law enforcement case studies, technology, regulatory updates, best practices, and more. The event is not sponsored and press are not allowed, creating an opportunity for candid discussion. Attendance is also limited which fosters a relaxed and intimate environment with opportunity for networking.


The West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum provides financial institution compliance professionals, federal and state regulators, government law enforcement investigative agencies and qualified financial industry consultants a forum that fosters a confidential and cooperative atmosphere in which ideas can be exchanged openly and candidly enhancing the ability of all to help in the fight against money laundering, terrorist funding and other financial crimes.


The participants of the West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum gain knowledge and develop a synergy and network that promotes success for each participant in their career as it relates to the goal of preventing or detecting and stopping money laundering, terrorism and other financial crimes.

Who we are


The West Coast Anti Money Laundering Forum is proud to introduce its dedicated and passionate leadership team. These individuals come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fight against financial crime. Whether it's through their innovative ideas, tireless work ethic, or unwavering commitment to our mission, this team truly embodies the spirit of our forum.

Executive Committee

Melissa Strait - Chair


Susana Mendoza - Co-Chair

Federal Agency Partner

Linda Bei

Retired, FDIC

Nicole Beranger

Federal Agency Partner

Gina Jurva


Arjun Kalra

Crowe LLP

Darren Lian

Federal Agency Partner

Kevin Lowell

Federal Agency Partner

Alissa Mojica

SchoolsFirst FCU

Jas Randhawa


Joe Robinson


Mar-Dinnah Tomke

CTBC Bank Corp

Melissa Triplett

Pacific Western Bank

Mark Twitchell

Federal Agency Partner

Erik Vingelen

Banner Bank

Board of Directors

Chuck Taylor – Chairman

AML RightSource

Camille Catalano

Shannon Hodges

Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, LLC

Myrna Olvera

East West Bank

Anthony Orlando


Advisory Board

Babette Bilger

Umpqua Bank

John Byrne

AML RightSource

Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming & Associates, LLC

Dennis Lormel

DML Associates, LLC

Tim White


Maria Alvarez - Treasurer

Amanda Connell - Secretary

First Northern Bank

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May 2-5, 2023

Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco, CA,
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact the West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum?

You can reach us at This email address is monitored daily during the Forum’s annual registration period and emails will be answered within 48 hours.  The rest of the year, the email address is monitored less frequently.  Rest assured that we will respond, your patience is requested.

How do I know my registration information will be safe?

Our online shopping cart and security technology ensures the safest and most reliable checkout experience for our customers.

What happens after I’ve placed my registration?

You will receive an email confirming your registration.  This is the only notification you will receive.  All materials will be available at the Forum when you check-in.

What if I need to make a change to my registration information?

You can contact us at with those changes.  Simply tell us the old information and the new information.  Don’t forget to include your name and your institution’s or agency’s name.  We’ll make the change and confirm via email.

Where can I find more information on the agenda and speakers?

The agenda is updated regularly on the Eventbrite registration page. We also offer PDF versions of the agenda and speaker bios for download.


27th Annual WCAML Forum

  • CFSSP: 7.5
  • CRCM: 16
  • ACAMS: 13
  • CAFP: 14.5
  • CE: 12

26th Annual WCAML Forum

  • CFSSP: 10.5
  • CRCM: 19
  • ACAMS: 13
  • CAFP: 19
  • CE: 16

25th Annual WCAML Forum

  • CFSSP: 10.5
  • CRCM: 17.25
  • ACAMS: 16
  • CAFP: 17.25
  • CE: 14.3

24th Annual WCAML Forum

  • CFSSP: 13
  • CRCM: 18.5
  • ACAMS: 16
  • CE: 14.50
  • CE: 14.50

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