The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services industry. Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit riskmarket riskoperational risksecurities lending, and regulatory issues. Founded in 1914, RMA was originally called the Robert Morris Associates, named after American patriot Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Morris, the principal financier of the Revolutionary War, helped establish our country’s banking system.

Today, RMA has approximately 1,900 institutional members. These include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. RMA is proud of the leadership role its member institutions take in the financial services industry. Relationship managers, credit officers, risk managers, and other financial services professionals in these organizations with responsibilities related to the risk management function represent these institutions within RMA. Known as RMA Associates, these 18,500 individuals are located throughout North America and financial centers in Europe, Australia and Asia. 

Members actively participate in the RMA network of chapters. These chapters are run by RMA Associates on a volunteer basis and they provide our members with opportunities in their local communities for education, training, and networking throughout all stages of their financial services career. Chapters are located across the U.S. and Canada as well as in financial centers internationally. 

RMA members also avail themselves of benefits offered through headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To assist members in advancing sound risk management principles, RMA keeps members informed and provides access to industry information at this site; publishes a journal (The RMA Journal) and a variety of newsletters, books, and statistics; conducts many workshops and seminars; holds several conferences, an annual convention (Annual Risk Management Conference); and has numerous committees working on a variety of projects. 

RMA welcomes all personnel involved in lending and risk management in member organizations to become RMA Associates.

Note: As a not-for-profit, professional association, RMA does not lobby on behalf of the industry. 

Q Careers Represented by this Association

RMA’s 18,000 associate members represent a wide array of banking professions. Relationship managers, credit/loan officers, risk managers, and financial analysts are just some of the careers our members hold that are available in the financial services industry.

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