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 Waters named HousingWire 2013 Woman of Influence

Waters named HousingWire 2013 Woman of Influence

November 6, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, has been named a 2013 “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire, a leading news outlet covering the U.S. housing economy, spanning mortgage lending, servicing, investments and real estate operations.

Waters was recognized for her efforts to ensure American families are provided adequate consumer protections, as well as for her longstanding support for minority rights to affordable housing and responsible lending.

“I am honored to be chosen as a 2013 Woman of Influence, and I thank HousingWire for my selection,” said Congresswoman Waters. “These are serious times for our nation’s housing and housing finance sectors. As Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, I am committed to providing greater opportunity for affordable housing to every American – particularly those who are most in need. I’m working to protect consumers from bad actors by making sure all those in the housing sector play by the rules. And I am working to forge a reasonable approach to housing finance reform – one that protects taxpayers and preserves the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage for future generations of Americans.”

Waters was one of just two Members of Congress to be named, joining Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Other noteworthy selections include Janet Yellen, current Vice Chair and presidential nominee to Chair the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Laurie Maggiano, Program Manager, Servicing and Securitization, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Deborah Jenkins, Senior Vice President and National Head of Multifamily Underwriting and Credit, Freddie Mac.

To read Congresswoman Waters’ profile, click here.

To read the full article, click here.


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From HW Magazine

2013 Women of Influence

HousingWire's 3rd annual recognition program highlights industry's most influential women leaders

HousingWire Staff
November 1, 2013

For the third year in a row, we’re honored to profile an incredible group of women who are driving the U.S. housing economy forward.

Little could we have imagined a few short years ago – when we were the first trade publication in the mortgage industry to come up with this unique program – that our annual effort would become one of the most anticipated lists we produce each year. And we’re equally honored that our initial effort has spurred other trade media competitors to introduce their own programs to recognize the efforts of so many women in mortgage banking.

The hallmark of our annual program has always come down to one critical and often-misunderstood word: influence.

So what is influence? As you’ll see from the profiles within, influence comes in many varied forms – but it always drives a positive result for a company and, by extension, for the industry we are all a part of.

For 2013, as the popularity of our Women in Housing program has grown, we’ve put into place some updated guidelines and approaches. For starters, our application process became far more specific this year: We centered on direct leadership of a specific company initiative in the past 12 months, and how the women recognized this year help drive success.

Second, given the breadth of women influencing this industry, we’ve decided to recognize a different group of women each year; women recognized this year were not part of our 2012 class of Influential Women of the Housing Economy. (With one exception, as you’ll see, where our editors felt breaking the rules was appropriate.)

Lastly, we made the decision to limit our list to just 20 influential women. This wasn’t an easy task, given the hundreds of applications we received this year (and many of them deserving) – but we forced ourselves to focus on a unique group of women we felt were most deserving of recognition for their efforts.

As you read through the profiles of this year’s group of women leaders, one thing should stand out: Influence is ultimately reflected in action and measurable results. The 20 leaders we’ve profiled herein may or may not be household names in the industry, but all of them are committed to the sort of influence that gets things done.

That’s real, honest leadership.

“Moving markets forward” is our mission at HousingWire, and we’re proud to say this year’s group of Influential Women embodies that ethic at a level all industry professionals – men and women alike – should aspire to achieve.

Click below to read about each of this year's 2013 Influential Women in Housing Finance:

Amy Brandt, Prospect Mortgage | Angela Cheek, Ellie Mae | Cari McCue, Guardian Mortgage | Deborah Jenkins, Freddie Mac | Dianna Serio, CoreLogic | Elsa Lewis, Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction | Laurie Pyle, Stewart Lender Services | Lisa Binkley, Platinum Data Solutions | Maxine Waters, D-Calif. | Pamela Hughes-Patenaude, Bipartisan Policy Center | Renee Deane, Carrington Property Services | Shana Lasko, Equator | Tanya Reu, Realogy Franchise Group | Toni Moss, Americatalyst | Vicki Beal, Clayton Holdings | Debra Still, Pulte Financial Services | Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. | Janet Yellen, U.S. Federal Reserve | Joy Cianci, Fannie Mae | Laurie Maggiano, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is not one to shy from a fight. And when it comes to supporting minority rights to affordable housing and responsible lending, Waters can get downright vicious.

Take the CFPB’s extensive regulatory changes coming in January. It’s going to be tough enough to get rolling on the new marching orders. But to Waters, it’s just the start.

“The rule should not be the only step toward protecting borrowers from wrongful foreclosure. First, servicers must be required to engage in loss mitigation. Also, more progress should be made in addressing the problem of “dual tracking,” by which servicers consider borrowers for loan modifications while simultaneously moving them toward foreclosure,” she said.

It should come as no surprise, Waters always declares her primary objective as ranking member of the Financial Services Committee is to make sure that the law remains strong and that American families are provided adequate protections. So whenever a new law is passed Waters asks herself, “Is this strong enough?”

Waters is also working not-so-behind-the-scenes to get the kind of people she wants in powerful monetary and housing positions. She heaped praise on the president when he outlined his plans for housing reform this year.

“Unfortunately, House Republicans have politicized housing finance reform, by passing unworkable legislation out of the committee that completely ignores the robust and substantive discussions happening among other stakeholders. Further, by stalling the confirmation of Representative Mel Watt for Federal Housing Finance Agency director, Senate Republicans are again denying the president the ability to put in place his selection to lead the agency through the transition.”



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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Monday, October 28, 2013

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

House Dems push for tough rules against money laundering,I
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Congressional bill could end ‘too big to jail’ for bankers, South Florida Business Journal
Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Anti-Money Laundering Bill Targets Bank Executives, The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

US Congress moves to tighten money laundering laws, Financial Times
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New effort to reform US mortgage banks, Financial Times
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lawmakers’ resolution asks financial institutions to aid federal workers, Washington Post
Monday, October 14, 2013

Waters lines up panel on default consequences, The Hill
Monday, October 14, 2013

Lawmakers sound alarm on reducing loan limits, HousingWire
Friday, October 11, 2013

Group begins campaign to stop Janet Yellen's confirmation as Fed chair, Los Angeles Times
Friday, October 11, 2013

Waters to Release Rival GSE Bill, American Banker
Monday, September 10, 2013

Yellen Nomination Sparks Hope for 'More Transparency, Credit Union Times
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Mellowing of Maxine Waters, New York Times
Saturday, May 11, 2013 

U.S. Rethinks Use of Consultants in Reviews of Foreclosure Abuses, The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 11, 2013 

Government Watchdog Faults Regulators Over Foreclosure Review, New York Times
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

GAO finds shortcomings in foreclosure review process, criticizes regulators, The Hill
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Waters calls for funds to rehab foreclosed property, The Hill
Friday, March 22, 2014 

House Dems reintroduce measure to bolster housing finances, The Hill
Thursday, March 14, 2014

Fighting "Too Big To Jail", US News and World Report
Friday, March 8, 2013

Waters Growing 'Impatient' with Implementation of Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards, American Banker
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rep. Waters: Regulator Needs Plan on ‘Forced’ Insurance, The Wall Street Journal 
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Banks Face Setback as FHFA Bans Force-Placed Commissions, American Banker
Thursday, February 28, 2013

House Banking Panel Clashes Over Future of FHA, American Banker
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Maxine Waters Urges Congress To Investigate Foreclosure Settlement, Huffington Post
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 

Waters Requests Hearing On Latest Mortgage Settlement, American Banker
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Waters pressing for hearing on end of foreclosure review program, The Hill
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Warren, Waters Seek Answers on Mortgage Servicer Settlement, American Banker
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Elizabeth Warren, Elijah Cummings, Maxine Waters Call For More Transparency On Failed Foreclosure Reviews, Huffington Post
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hensarling, Waters Already at Odds Over TBTF,  American Banker
Friday, January 25, 2013

Waters to defend Dodd-Frank from efforts to weaken the law,
Friday, January 18, 2013

AIG Backs Off Suit Over Bailout After Public Outrage, International Business Times
Wednesday, January 9, 2013



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