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Diversity Council Drives Progress With Leadership From Fannie Mae

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The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) has taken another step to promote inclusion with the recent addition of Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, to serve the council as Vice Chair. Partnering with Chair Kathy Cummings of Bank of America, Brown will assist with the implementation of an aggressive agenda for the AMDC this year, working to equip the industry with the education and advocacy tools needed for fostering an industry-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair of the AMDC with Kathy Cummings at such an extraordinary time in our industry,” Brown said. “The role fits with my passion for inclusion and commitment to increasing access to safe, decent, affordable housing, helping minority, women-owned, disabled-owned, suppliers to grow their business, and amplifying the benefits of diversity and inclusion to achieve better outcomes.”

Brown continued, “As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year, I look forward to sharing my leadership and expertise to build on our successes and create an agenda that advances the great work of the council.”

Named “A Leading Lady in Housing” by MReport in 2016, and a seasoned leader with over 20-years’ experience in housing and financial services, Brown is recognized as a diversity and inclusion thought leader, innovator, and advocate. In her current role, she is responsible for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies for Fannie Mae’s Family Mortgage Business.

"The appointment of Charmaine Brown as Vice Chair further reinforces Fannie Mae's commitment to diversity and ensures that the ADMC continues to challenge the industry to be the best version of itself," said Five Star Institute President & CEO Ed Delgado. "We look forward to partnering with Brown, Chair Kathy Cummings, and the AMDC membership at large as we push forward with an aggressive agenda in 2018.”

Brown holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she is credited with completing the Diversity Management Program at Cornell’s ILR School, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.

For more information on AMDC, you can visit their website here.

About Author: Nicole Casperson

Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech's College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: nicole.casperson@thefivestar.com.
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