Sarah Elliott is responsible for all elements of Blend’s compliance infrastructure, including regulatory aspects of product design, consumer protection and privacy.
Since joining Blend in May 2016, Elliott’s expertise has been an important element to the evolution of Blend’s platform. In her role, she works closely with the company’s customers to ensure that Blend’s platform integrates seamlessly with existing systems and compliance architectures.
One of Elliott’s most significant accomplishments has been her work with Blend’s product and engineering teams to build the mortgage industry’s first online loan application facilitated by multiple user accounts. This feature enables applicants for joint credit to submit a single loan application without exposing their confidential information to co-applicants. This first-of-its-kind feature addresses a commonly requested borrower need and innovates in a space that has been ignored by the industry.
From her work as an attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, to her role as an advisor at Promontory Financial Group where she worked with financial institutions to improve their risk management functions, to her tenure at Buckley Sandler where she assisted financial services and fintech companies with consumer protection — Elliott has become a leader in compliance.
After relocating to San Francisco to join Blend, Elliott founded the 94104 Exchange, a professional network of leading fintech lawyers and compliance experts. She is also co-chair of the American Bar Association Banking Law Committee’s Compliance, Examinations, and Audit Subcommittee, and has organized programs on cybersecurity, vendor management and risk culture.