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MBA’s DEI Advisory Committee 

DEI Advisory Committee

The member-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee, a Board-appointed body, provides leadership and guidance to MBA to help the real estate finance industry gain a competitive advantage by increasing diversity in leadership, workforce, and suppliers. 

Mark A. Jones
Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Amerifirst Home Mortgage

Laura Escobar
Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Lennar Mortgage

Wallace Bates
Vice President of Business and Branch Support 

Cerita Battles
Managing Director, Head of Community and Affordable Lending

Leslie Branson
Executive Vice President, Chair HR Officer 
National Cooperative Bank, N.A.

Christine Chandler
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Chief Operating Officer
M&T Realty Capital Corporation 

Tai Christensen
Chief Diversity and Public Relations Officer 
Arrive Home 

Melissa Donaldson
Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Wintrust Mortgage

Maurice Jourdain-Earl
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Danny Felton, Sr. 
3rd Vice President
National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)

Milan Griffin 
Chief People Officer
HomeFree USA

Jennifer Hedgepeth
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer 
DHI Mortgage

Charles Lowery
Senior Policy Director
National Housing Conference 

Jason Riveiro
Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer 

Ulysses Smith 
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader

Lorraine Stewart 
Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending
Boeing Employees' Credit Union

Steve Theobald 
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Walker Dunlop

Tony Thompson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA)

Richard Thornberry
Chief Executive Officer 
Radian Guaranty, Inc.

Brian White 
Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer 
HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. 

Tony Wong
Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer 
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco 

KimArie Yowell
Chief Learning and Diversity Officer
Rocket Mortgage