Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Feb. 28-March 4

Fannie Mae announced the appointment of Sharifa A. Anderson as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. Anderson also will be a member of Fannie Mae’s management committee in this newly created role. Anderson most recently served as the chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Anderson worked as an attorney at Relman Colfax in fair lending counseling and compliance, at Ballard Spahr in public finance and housing, and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the office of general counsel, finance division. Earlier in her career, she worked at Fannie Mae as a senior business manager responsible for a variety of affordable-housing and community-development matters. Anderson holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, law and society from Hood College.

Union Home Mortgage (UHM) announced the promotions of Bryan Wright to vice president of national sales, Cyndi Garza to vice president of national business development and Steve Runnels to vice president of retail sales in its East division. Wright began his career with UHM in 2012 and has worked in the mortgage banking industry for more than 30 years. In his new role, he will amplify the growth of the company’s retail division internally and externally. Garza has more than 10 years of history with UHM, beginning her career at the company in 2011 with the establishment of its first branch in Michigan. In her new role, she will represent the organization in outreach efforts to develop and identify new opportunities, work with regional teams to attract and retain partners, and further the integration of social media into branches across the company. Runnels has been working in the mortgage industry for more than 30 years and has been a UHM partner for seven-plus years. In his new role, he will magnify the growth of the company’s East division.

Nations Lending hired 16-year mortgage lending professionals Anne and Jim Bell to head the company’s new branch in Las Vegas. They come to Nations from Planet Home Lending, and they were previously with imortgage and loanDepot for more than nine years.

Ascendant National Title announced that Jennifer Dumas joined the company as senior vice president of title and technology strategy. In this new role, Dumas will oversee all enterprise-wide title and escrow production systems, all software integrations associated with these systems, production and revenue reporting and a variety of related projects. Most recently, she worked at Solidifi Title and she also has worked for Stewart Title, serving in a number of technology management positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

The Oakleaf Group announced its appointment of Eric Christensen as senior managing director of business development. In this role, Christensen will lead Oakleaf’s efforts to expand its service offerings to new clients across the mortgage industry, working closely with the executive management team to promote new products and support growth. Prior to joining Oakleaf, he served as executive in product management for CoreLogic. His experience also includes other executive roles at various institutions, including LERETA, Credit Data Solutions, UHS America, Fair Isaac Corp., Fannie Mae, LoanPerformance and eTrade.


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