With the U.S. presidential election around the corner, I decided to sit down with MBA Now and discuss an op-ed recently penned about the need for the next administration to create a Housing Policy Director position.
The main theme I wanted to come across was that the next President must focus on developing a national housing policy which addresses a number of unhealthy imbalances in today’s housing market.
Throughout my career, and especially as the President and CEO of MBA, assembling a diverse and inclusive team has been one of my priorities. I firmly believe that to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s customers, organizations must empower women and minorities to achieve their full potential and break down any barriers to success. We need to build and sustain a diverse industry and workforce so we can best meet the needs of our nation’s diverse communities. I am proud that MBA has made it a priority to promote a diverse and inclusive industry, and I want to highlight a few of our endeavors.
This week, MBA hosted our National Secondary Market Conference and Expo in New York City. It was an opportunity for us to both acknowledge the many challenges our industry has overcome since the financial crisis as well as take stock of unfinished business. Despite our successes, we have a lot of work yet to do to secure consumers’ ability to access to financing and ensure that real estate remains a vibrant part of the American economy.
It has been fantastic to see so many MBA members here in Washington this week for our annual National Advocacy Conference. While we host events throughout the year, this is the one time MBA members come to Washington to make our voice heard by our elected officials. And they need to hear from us to ensure that legislation won’t hurt our businesses or our borrowers’ ability to secure affordable financing. Nobody gets housing finance like MBA members which is why our advocacy is so vital to get new laws and regulations right and fix what isn’t working.