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Five Star Government Forum Unites Banking and Government Leaders

Housing and housing finance reforms, especially for the underserved, will be top of the agenda at the ninth annual Five Star Government Forum on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Leaders in mortgage banking and the federal government will engage and have an open dialogue about the most pressing issues being faced by the industry at this day-long forum.

The Five Star Government Forum will begin with a side-by-side conversation between United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Benjamin Carson and Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. Delgado will ask Carson about the future of HUD, housing affordability, and working with the mortgage industry for the greater benefit of homeowners.

With representation from FHFA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, this year’s Government Forum speakers have played an integral role in providing quality leadership to the federal government and the mortgage industry.

Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, will present the morning keynote. He has held several prominent positions in the federal government, including serving as White House Counsel to the President of the United States, as well as General Counsel for the United States Department of Treasury, where he played a significant role in the development of proposals for the deregulation of the financial services industry.

The Hon. Edward DeMarco will lead the afternoon keynote. He is President of the Housing Policy Council Financial Services Roundtable. He served as the acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) immediately following the crisis from 2009 to 2014, overseeing the conservatorship of the GSEs.

“The Five Star Government Forum is an important event for our industry because it serves as a platform to foster and grow the collaborative working relationship between regulatory authorities and the industry stakeholders for the benefit of homeowners,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. "We look forward to hosting Secretary Carson and many other leaders.”

Above: Five Star President & CEO Ed Delgado on stage with HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson at the 2018 Five Star Government Forum. Via the Twitter feed of Charles Tassell.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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