The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced the appointment of Charmaine Brown to the newly created role of director of diversity and inclusion.

Brown, who will start on January 04, 2021, is tasked with developing, promoting, and advancing diversity and inclusion programs for MBA and the real estate finance industry. Brown has experience in the area, having led all policy decisions around racial and gender equity for the St. Charles County government as chief equity officer.

“MBA is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion internally and for our residential and commercial real estate finance members. Charmaine brings a wealth of knowledge that will help us develop best practices, identify and break through potential barriers, and create programs that lead to a more diverse and inclusive industry workforce that reflects our diverse country,” said Robert Broeksmit, president and CEO of MBA.  

The mortgage veteran has spent more than two decades of her career at Fannie Mae where she held several leadership positions, most recently as diversity director.

“Charmaine has a proven track record of empathetic leadership and is passionate about ensuring there is open and honest communication among leadership and every level of an organization. I am excited for Charmaine to join our team to help us deliver on our commitment to develop and promote successful D&I programs that benefit MBA and our industry,” said Lisa Haynes, MBA’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.