Spring Conference & Expo: Independent Mortgage Banks, Secondary Markets, Servicing and Technology

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • General Session: Discussion with FHFA Director Calabria

    Location: Main Stage


    Speaker(s)

    Kristy Fercho, 2021 MBA Chairman-Elect; Executive Vice President & Head of Home Lending, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

    The Honorable Mark Calabria, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

    IMB Business Strategy & Operations,

    Secondary & Capital Markets,

    Tech Solutions,

    Servicing Solutions

    FHFA’s Director Mark Calabria talks with MBA’s Vice Chair about the agency’s latest work and upcoming priorities, including pandemic-related policy changes, forbearance-related issues, and affordable housing

    Speaker(s)

    Kristy Fercho, 2021 MBA Chairman-Elect; Executive Vice President & Head of Home Lending, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

    Kristy Fercho is Chairman-Elect of the MBA and executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo Home Lending. As head of Home Lending, Fercho oversees one of the nation's leading combined home lenders and servicers, funding one of every 12 loans and servicing one of every eight loans in the country.  In her role, Fercho leads a team of more than 25,000 mortgage professionals in sales, operations, servicing, capital markets, portfolio management, and related business, risk management, and supporting functions.  Fercho joined Wells Fargo in 2020 from Flagstar Bank, where she had served as president of the company's mortgage division since 2017. Prior to joining Flagstar, she spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, where she led the strategy and business performance of single-family customers in the western United States and also served in customer engagement and human resources roles. Fercho began her career and served in a variety of sales, operations, and human resources roles at Baxter International before moving to Pepsi Co. Inc., where she ultimately was director of worldwide corporate human resources.  Fercho currently serves as Chairman-Elect of the board of the Mortgage Bankers Association, vice chair of the MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Affordable Housing Council, and a member of its Residential Board of Governors. She also serves on the boards of City Year and the Detroit Zoological Society.  Her industry accolades include HousingWire recognizing her as a Women of Influence in the housing industry; MReport honoring her as one of the Top Women in Housing; Diversity Journal listing her among its Women Worth Watching; National Mortgage Professional Magazine naming her to its list of Most Powerful Women; and the Michigan Chronicle selecting her for its Women of Excellence recognition.  Fercho is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.

    The Honorable Mark Calabria, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

    Mark Calabria, nominated by President Trump in January 2019, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as Director of FHFA in April 2019.  Prior to joining FHFA, Calabria was Chief Economist for Vice President Mike Pence, handling all economic policy issues with a focus on taxes, trade, manufacturing, financial services, and labor and housing. Immediately prior to his service with Vice President Pence, he spent eight years as Director of Financial Regulation Studies at the Cato Institute, where he helped to establish Cato's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives.  Calabria also previously served as a senior aide on the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to both Chairman Phil Gramm and Chairman Richard Shelby. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has held a variety of positions at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of Realtors. He has been a Research Associate at the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies. He holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University.  During his Senate service, Calabria drafted significant portions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which created a new regulatory framework for the housing government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. He was the primary drafter of the Shelby‐Dodd Flood Insurance Reform bill, which formed the basis for the Biggert‐Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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