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Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Ongoing Developments Track: What to Expect in Washington

    Location: Independence Ballroom E,
    Independence Level


    Speaker(s)

    Alden Knowlton, Associate Vice President of Political Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Jeffrey Naimon, Partner, Buckley LLP

    Dan Fichtler, Associate Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Daniel Grattan, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Regions Financial Corporation / Regions Mortgage

    Join for an overview of the state of play in Washington. Panelists will discuss trends shaping housing finance policy, including legislative proposals on Capitol Hill and developments from regulatory agencies.

    Speaker(s)

    Alden Knowlton, Associate Vice President of Political Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Alden is an Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In this role, she is responsible for advocating on behalf of MBA's legislative and policy priorities on Capitol Hill, with a primary focus on Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives. She is a regular guest speaker on the intersection of politics, policy, and industry issues. Prior to that, she served as MBA’s Associate Vice President of Political Affairs, where she oversaw the PAC (MORPAC) and Grassroots Advocacy (Mortgage Action Alliance) programs of the association, including the development and execution of an over $2.6 million/cycle fundraising and federal disbursement plan, direction of all grassroots activities of the 75,000+ member network, including industry “Calls to Action,” and management of the annual National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. Under Knowlton’s leadership, grassroots membership more than tripled and communications to federal and state lawmakers increased by over 900%, while donations to MORPAC nearly doubled, enhancing the association’s ability to develop and execute effective advocacy strategies on the industry’s behalf. She previously served as the ACRE® (PAC) Manager at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), where she managed all aspects of the ACRE and ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® outreach programs, serving as lead facilitator for statewide associations and local rural electric cooperatives in the creation of ACRE strategic planning efforts. She led a 50th Anniversary marketing and fundraising campaign that incorporated an accelerated peer to peer outreach strategic plan among national leadership, resulting in a program record $3.8 million raised from over 35,000 individual contributors giving an average of $59 in the 2016 election cycle. During her tenure, she generated a 47% increase in PAC memberships among electric cooperative member-owners, with over 11,000 members at over 100 cooperatives contributing via their electric bill. Prior to NRECA, she worked for 5 ½ years consulting on political campaigns, providing fundraising and campaign strategy services for Congressional incumbents and candidates. Originally from Charleston, SC, she attended college at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, where she played basketball.  She currently resides in Washington, DC.

    Jeffrey Naimon, Partner, Buckley LLP

    Jeff Naimon is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP, with more than 20 years of experience assisting bank and nonbank financial services providers (and investors in same) with regulatory, enforcement, and transactional matters. He defends financial services companies facing complex examination or enforcement matters before the CFPB, FTC, and federal and state banking regulators, with a focus on fair lending, UDAAP, loan servicing, privacy and credit reporting, debt collection, servicemember protections, and other consumer protection issues. He assists banks and nonbanks (including fintech entities) structure, negotiate, and operate a variety of partnerships, outsourcing programs and other third-party arrangements.

    Dan Fichtler, Associate Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Dan Fichtler is Associate Vice President of Housing Finance Policy at the Mortgage Bankers Association. In this role, he is responsible for developing MBA’s policy work related to loan production issues, including the government housing programs operated by FHA, VA, and USDA, as well as secondary and capital markets issues, including agency and non-agency securities markets and the activities of FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. He also serves as the lead staff representative for MBA’s Residential Board of Governors.  Prior to joining MBA, Dan was a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served on the staff of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. He has also served as an advisor to the majority staff of the Senate.

    Daniel Grattan, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Regions Financial Corporation / Regions Mortgage

    Dan Grattan serves as senior vice president for Federal Government Relations at Regions. In this role, he is responsible for much of the bank’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Grattan joins Regions from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) where he served as associate vice president for Legislative and Political Affairs. At MBA, Grattan was involved in advocacy relating to real estate finance issues, including significant legislation on regulatory relief, tax reform, and the COVID-19 pandemic response, among other items. Prior to MBA, Grattan served as vice president of Strategy and Capital Markets for Annaly Capital Management where he was also Head of Government Relations. Grattan also served as director of Business Development for The McNamara Group and began his career as a commercial real estate salesperson in the Washington, D.C. area. Grattan is a frequent public speaker and has twice been named to the “Top Lobbyists” list by The Hill.  He holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

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