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.

Charmaine Brown
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Fannie Mae

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.

Michael Ruiz
Director, Supplier Diversity
Fannie Mae
AMDC Co-Chair

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.