Ellen Zimiles, Daylight’s co-founder and CEO, has more than 23 years of litigation and investigation experience, including 10 years as a federal prosecutor. Before forming Daylight, Ms. Zimiles was a principal at a "Big Four" accounting firm, where she coordinated the forensic practice across all industry segments and was practice leader for the financial services industry. She is a leading authority on anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, fraud control and public corruption matters. She has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs and assisting organizations as a regulatory liaison.
Before her Big Four experience, Ms. Zimiles was an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 10 years. She served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. She was responsible for many high-profile money laundering, fraud and forfeiture cases. In recognition for her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Zimiles received the United States Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award. She earned a bachelor's degree at Brooklyn College and a law degree at Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as an editor of the law review.