Mr. Hersi previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Howard University Hospital and Howard University in Washington, DC. As an operational leader, Mr. Hersi successfully developed and implemented the first enterprise ethics and compliance program for Howard University. He managed all privacy matters at Howard University Health Sciences enterprise, including responding and reporting data privacy breaches, compliance with GDPR, and general compliance with state and federal privacy requirements. He led the University’s research compliance efforts, including overseeing Institutional Review Board submissions and compliance with federally sponsored research programs, including National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Defense research initiatives.
Mr. Hersi has extensive experience representing institutions of higher education. During his career, he has successfully represented over twenty different postsecondary institutions in program reviews by the U.S. Department of Education, managed accreditation and state authorization compliance, and helped clients operationalized compliant policies and procedures. At Howard University, as Chief Compliance Officer, he led a team of compliance professions and attorneys that conducted oversight over the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, accreditation, federal financial aid, NCAA athletics compliance, Title IX and Clery Act compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, distance education, and enterprise privacy matters. While at Howard University, Hersi led the University’s efforts to investigate allegations of financial aid misappropriation by financial aid staff that resulted in members of the University’s financial aid staff being criminally prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Howard University, Mr. Hersi worked with other proprietary postsecondary educational institutions, including proprietary schools owned by Delta Career Education Corporation and Strategic Education Inc. He has counseled educational institutions on compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, including negotiating and implementing consent decrees with the U.S. Department of Justice for educational institutions found to have compliance findings.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Hersi represented the United States in bench and jury trials in federal court in civil and criminal matters, with a focus on fraud and abuse that secured nearly one billion dollars in recoveries for the United States and victims of federal crime. He affirmatively represented the United States in federal court on matters involving hospitals, private healthcare providers, insurance companies, postsecondary educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, and federal contractors and research grant recipients. Mr. Hersi also led investigations referred to the U.S. Department of Justice and partnered with investigative agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Defense, and the United States Postal Service. He successfully prosecuted individuals and corporate entities for civil and criminal violations of the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback statute, Stark Law, and Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. He was a member of a federal initiative to investigate civil and criminal matters arising in the higher education sector, including successfully prosecuting propriety and non-profit institutions for Title IV fraud, Title IX violations, and sponsored research fraud. Mr. Hersi was the chief attorney responsible for managing the Financial Litigation Unit, which is tasked with post-judgment litigation on behalf of victims of federal crime and enforcing civil and criminal judgments and successfully represented the United States in complex asset forfeiture matters in federal court involving money laundering, wire fraud, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.