About the Initiative

DEI Vision and Mission


A Real Estate Finance industry that reflects opportunity and diversity, equity and inclusion within the communities we serve.


MBA fosters a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the real estate finance industry. Together with our members, we exchange information on best practices, tackle issues sand potential barriers, and create networking opportunities that advance overall diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry. 

Five Pillars of DEI

  1. Connect our diverse members to one another
  2. Facilitate diversity and inclusion learning
  3. Promote and market diversity and inclusion
  4. Attract, retain and promote diverse talent at MBA 
  5. Create a culture of inclusion at MBA

DEI Advisory Committee

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

Kristy Fercho
Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President and President of Mortgage
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Matthew G. Rocco, Sr.
Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Grandbridge Real Esatate Capital

Wallace Bates
VP of Business Strategy & Development

Leslie Branson
Head of Human Resources
Berkeley Point Capital LLC

Sheri Crosby Wheeler
VP, Corporate Social Responsibility
Mr. Cooper

Chelsea Cutler
CBRE Capital Markets

Melissa Donaldson
Senior VP & Chief Diversity Officer
Wintrust Mortgage

Maurice Jourdain-Earl
Managing Director

Jennifer Hedgepeth
Executive Vice President/National Operations Manager
DHI Mortgage

Kristin Messerli 
Cultural Outreach Solutions

Eduardo Perez, CMB 
Equity Prime Mortgage LLC

Catherine Pharis
Managing Director, Multifamily Capital FHA
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Hilary Provinse 
Executive Vice President & Head of Mortgage

Trina Scott
Chief Diversity Officer 
Quicken Loans

Ulysses Smith 
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader

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

Steve Theobald 
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Walker Dunlop

Antoine Thompson 
National Executive Director
National Association of Real Estate Brokers

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

Richard Thornberry 
Chief Executive Officer 
Radian Guaranty, Inc.

Winston Wilkinson
EVP, President of Mortgage Banking
Pentagon Federal Credit Union