Five Star Diversity Symposium Speakers
Subject matter experts from across the industry, the American Mortgage Diversity Council, and invited guests will contribute their knowledge on the latest developments in diversity and inclusion policy, compliance, education, workforce developments, and supply-chain.
Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
About Sandra Thompson
Sandra Thompson oversees FHFA’s research activities, policy development and analysis, the mission and goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the housing finance and community and economic development mission of the Federal Home Loan Banks. She is a member of the Deputies Working Group for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Her Division is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating FHFA activities involving data analyses, and analysis affecting housing finance and financial markets including the Enterprises’ credit risk transfer programs. Prior to joining FHFA, Thompson worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where she held several positions over 23 years, most recently as Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision.
During her time at FDIC, Thompson led the agency’s examination and enforcement program for risk management and consumer protection at the height of the financial crisis. She also led the FDIC’s outreach initiatives in response to a crisis of confidence in the banking system.
Dwight P. Robinson
SVP of the Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Division and Chief Diversity Officer
About Dwight P. Robinson
Dwight P. Robinson is SVP of the Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Division and Chief Diversity Officer of Freddie Mac. He is a member of the company’s senior operating committee and reports directly to CEO Don Layton.
As the head of HR, Robinson oversees talent management, compensation and benefits, performance management, measurement and analytics, organizational development, training and leadership development, succession planning, employee engagement/ retention, HR Information Systems and Payroll, and HR strategy, policies, and practices.
In his role as Chief Diversity Officer, Robinson leads Freddie Mac’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse employee base and ensure Freddie Mac has a diverse range of vendors and suppliers. He is also responsible for the compliance of the diversity reporting requirements required by law and directed by Freddie Mac’s regulator and conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Robinson oversees our eight Employee Resource Groups as well as our community engagement program.
Previously, Robinson served as the SVP of Corporate Relations & Housing Outreach, where he was responsible for engaging strategic partners and developing and executing initiatives to achieve corporate policy, business and reputation goals.
President and CEO
About Vladimir Bien-Aime
Vladimir Bien-Aime, CEO and President of Global DMS, is an appraisal compliance expert with specific knowledge of the most current federal, state, and local appraisal-related regulations. Bien-Aime is also well versed in the Dodd-Frank Act and new Interagency Guidelines, as well as initiatives such as Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP). He also speaks about technology innovation as it applies to the mortgage industry and the appraisal process.
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
About Charmaine Brown
Charmaine Brown is accountable for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies that meet and exceed Section 1116 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA). Brown’s primary area of focus is the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives for the Single-Family Mortgage Business.
These programs are designed to expand the capabilities of minorities and women, leverage Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to support business goals, and build the capacity of trusted advisors and community-based organizations to expand access to affordable credit in underserved and multicultural communities. Prior to joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Brown spent 15 years in Fannie Mae’s Housing and Community Development and its Single-Family Mortgage Business.
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
About Stephanie Roemer
Stephanie Roemer is a creative, strategic, and innovative leader in diversity and inclusion at Freddie Mac. Roemer advises decision-makers on diversity recruitment strategies, employee integration, and professional development initiatives. She has driven successful recruitment, inclusion, integration, and diversity education programs at Freddie Mac for over 10 years.
Roemer began her career at Burlington Industries, focusing on export planning, covering accounts in South America, Europe, and Asia. She joined Freddie Mac in 2000 as a Lead Logistics Specialist and steadily progressed to new opportunities. In 2005, she was hired to develop and manage the Technology College Program, an evolving role that resulted in a move to HR to manage recruiting, diverse sourcing, and diversity and inclusion programs.
Orlan Morans, PLLC
About Julie Moran
Julie Taylor Moran is a founder and principal of Orlans Moran PLLC. Orlans Moran, a 100 percent woman owned WBENC certified law firm represents local and national lenders and servicers in the areas of residential and commercial foreclosure, regulatory compliance, complex litigation, creditors’ rights, consumer secured lien recovery including auto and mobile home, bankruptcy, evictions, real estate closings and REO sales.
Julie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Rochester and a graduate of Union University’s Albany Law School. She is a member of the Real Estate Council of the MA Bar Association, the Compliance Committee of the MA Mortgage Bankers’ Association, the USFN and the Legal League. Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) and a member of the American Mortgage Diversity Council.
Director, Supplier Diversity
About Michael Ruiz
Michael Ruiz is the Director of Supplier Diversity at Fannie Mae with responsibilities for increasing Fannie Mae’s inclusion and utilization of diverse suppliers and individuals, and ensuring compliance with any and all provisions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 that pertain to contracting with diverse-owned businesses and individuals. Additionally, he is responsible for managing audit and compliance issues as well as policies and procedures for the Fannie Mae Procurement team. Ruiz has been with Fannie Mae since 2010.
Prior to Fannie Mae, Ruiz worked as a supplier diversity consultant on several projects for large corporations and was the President/CEO of the Northern California Supplier Development Council, an organization charged with the certification of minority-owned businesses and the facilitation of productive relationships between said businesses and Fortune 1000 corporations.
Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Federal Housing Finance Agency
About Sharron P.A. Levine
Sharron Levine is the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at FHFA. In this role, Levine ensures that minorities, women, service-disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are fully included in any and all job and business opportunities at FHFA and the regulated entities – Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.
Levine joined FHFA in June 2012 and has served as an Associate General Counsel since September of that year. Levine practiced law for 30 years and prior to joining FHFA served in the general counsel’s office of Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2011, departing as a VP and Deputy General Counsel for the multifamily housing division. Prior to that she held various other legal positions in the housing industry. Levine holds both B.A. and J.D. degrees from New York University.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
About Stuart Ishimaru
Stuart Ishimaru is the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) and the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Fairness at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The OMWI works to promote diversity at the CFPB and at the financial institutions it regulates.
Ishimaru was previously appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and was designated by President Obama as Acting Chairman of the Commission. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information.
President and CEO
DFW Minority Supplier Development Council
About Margo J. Posey
Margo Posey reports to the Board of Directors and has ultimate managerial responsibility for the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council including financial, human resources, planning, and execution. Posey works directly with the Working groups of the Council:
Additionally, Posey works closely with the Business Consortium Fund; Supplier Diversity Professionals Working Group; MBEIC; MBE Leadership Committee; MBE Executive Scholarships; and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Posey develops partnerships to promote minority businesses and inclusive procurement/business access and opportunities among Buying-Entities as well as MBE-to-MBE opportunities.
Posey is also the Center Operator of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s Minority Business Center Dallas / Fort Worth.
EVP and Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
About Bre Chapman
Bre Chapman currently serves as EVO and Chief Administrative Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. In addition, Chapman also serves as the Bank’s Co-Director for the Bank’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Her responsibilities include oversight for the Bank’s Human Resources, Compliance, Corporate Communications, Government and Industry Relations, and Property and Facilities Management departments. She also has responsibility for overseeing the diversity and inclusion aspects of all of the Bank’s business endeavors. Her role gives her a unique perspective on the widely varying functions of the Bank, as well as effecting corporate culture shifts, talent management and women in leadership.
During her 11 years at the Bank, Chapman has led a variety of initiatives, including launching the Bank’s first corporate responsibility program, monthly employee-led charity program, and the Bank’s Vision and Values. Chapman launched the Bank’s Lean In Circle, through which she serves as a mentor for professional women interested in further developing their leadership, communication and goal-setting skills, among other areas.
President and CEO
About Deborah Garcia-Gatracos
Deborah Garcia-Gratacos is the President and founder of Deval and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operating results of the company. Garcia-Gratacos is a licensed attorney with a professional and educational background in real estate and finance. A provider of consulting services to both private and public clients, Garcia-Gratacos has served clients on numerous levels. In this capacity, Garcia-Gratacos has served federal agencies such as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Department of Interior, the United States Department of State, among others.
Garcia-Gratacos has a Master’ s of Business specializing in Real Estate from the University Of Florida Warrington College Of Business; a Juris Doctor from the University Of Florida Levin College of Law; a Dual Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
President and CEO
About Camillo Melchiorre
Camillo Melchiorre is the President and CEO of Hope LoanPort, (HLP). HLP, powered by RxOffice, and a member of the HOPE NOW Alliance which is a national alliance of key members of the mortgage industry dedicated to helping at-risk homeowners facing foreclosure or higher payments due to adjustable-rate mortgage resets.
Melchiorre led the HOPE NOW Alliance Technology Committee that resulted in the creation of the web-based tool that streamlines foreclosure alternative applications on behalf of borrowers at-risk of foreclosure, allowing housing counselors to efficiently transmit completed applications to mortgage services.
Previously, Melchiorre has held positions at LandAmerica Lender Services, MSTD, and Freddie Mac where he was responsible for the company’s servicing policy, industry communications, education and training, as well as the performance management for 2,500 residential mortgage servicers.