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New Advisory Council Elected for Mortgage Diversity Group

The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) announced results of its first advisory council election during the AMDC Member Meeting on May 2, 2018. The elections were held six weeks prior to the meeting with eight candidates running for seven elected positions to the council.

The group fosters discussion and promotes action through active participation with mortgage lenders, servicers, and related service providers. The group regularly engages with various federal agencies on policies and procedures impacting diversity and inclusion across the mortgage industry.

The AMDC advisory council consists of some of the top names in the industry who guide members of the organization to focus on the group’s core mission of creating a diverse and inclusive mortgage industry for all.

“The AMDC exists to facilitate action that promotes positive change on diversity and inclusion within the residential mortgage industry,” said Ed Delgado, President, and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “These elected leaders are emblematic of the passion and energy for the adoption of inclusive practices, that is embodied throughout the membership. I look forward to serving alongside this distinguished group.”

The following members were elected to the advisory council:

  • Ray Barbone, EVP, Bank Operations, BankUnited
  • Tamara Haskins, FVP, Diversity & Inclusion, PennyMac
  • Lola Oyewola, Director, Human Resources, Ocwen Financial Corporation
  • Doris Raimundi, SVP, Mortgage Servicing, Head of Quality Control, U.S. Bank
  • Stephanie Roemer, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Freddie Mac
  • Michael Ruiz, Director of Supplier Diversity, Fannie Mae
  • Steve Thomas, Senior Managing Director, Mortgage Capital Markets, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

“I am delighted to be a part of the AMDC Council and look forward to continuing to support and advance the mission of the AMDC,” said Haskins on her appointment.

Under the direction of AMDC Chair Kathy Cummings, SVP, Homeownership Solutions and Affordable Housing Programs, Bank of America, and Vice-Chair Charmaine Brown, Director, Engagement and Outreach at the Office of Minorities, Women and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, the newly elected advisory council will continue AMDC’s work of shaping the diversity agenda while advancing solutions that support a broad range of member initiatives that include supply-chain diversity, challenges faced by minorities, LGBT, and women-owned businesses.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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