Government Experience

  • Attorney Advisor, Banking and Finance Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Attorney Advisor, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2008
    Executive Guide Editor, The George Washington International Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Georgetown University, 2004

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Craig S. Iscoe, Superior Court of the District of Columbia


  • Women in Housing and Finance
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Kara M. Ward


Kara Ward is a member of Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs Group focusing on financial services and the housing finance market. She has experience with issues related to housing finance reform, insurance, consumer financial services, payment systems, and community economic development. Combining federal and private practice experience, Kara provides various financial service companies and trade group clients with policy analysis and strategic advice to advance their business objectives on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.

Kara frequently works on issues involving the House Financial Services Committee, Senate Banking Committee, Treasury Department, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Federal Reserve.

Kara has worked extensively on efforts to reform the single-family residential housing system, representing a number of client interests in recent legislative proposals. She also has broad experience with consumer financial issues and helps clients provide input into rule-making by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Prior to entering private practice, Kara was an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the economic crisis and focused on, among other topics, the creation of the Federal Insurance Office, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, funding for small business development, and other federal grant programs.