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DS News February 2022

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33 2020. In Fortune's analysis, NMI Holdings delivered annualized revenue growth of 32%, and earnings per share (EPS) growth of 63% through the three-year period ending March 31, 2021. e company ranked ninth on Fortune's Fastest-Growing list in the Diversified Financial Services category. INNOVATION EXPERT APPOINTED STEWART'S VP OF ENTERPRISE OPERATIONS Stewart Information Services Corporation has announced the addition of Stephanie Silcott as VP of Enterprise Operations, tasked with leading product innovation and development efforts for Stewart's Direct Channel technology. "We are thrilled to have Stephanie join the Stewart team at a pivotal point in our digitization process and will look to leverage her rich skills with creating digital transaction management experiences, specifically with traditional underwriters and emerging prop-tech providers," said Fred Eppinger, CEO of Stewart. An entrepreneurial prop-tech operations leader with a highly successful 15-plus- year career leading startup and enterprise organizations, Silcott is a product evangelist, focused on bringing strategic initiatives to market, driving brand awareness, and improving the real estate transaction customer experience. "Over the past two years, Stewart has made strategic investments in technologies that span the entire end-to-end consumer experience. is market segment is ripe for transformation, and as a technologist it is my job to bring life to the tools and processes that enable change," Silcott said. "With the support of Stewart's C-Suite and recent acquisitions, Stewart is perfectly positioned to deliver progressive solutions to consumers and customers alike. I'm excited to get to work and start creating." Silcott founded Real Estate Solutions after identifying inefficiencies in the broker and real estate agent workflow. She built an innovative transaction portal, enabling participants to visualize and participate in transaction milestones. After negotiating the successful sale of her company to Old Republic in 2005, she joined the company as SVP of Corporate Product Development where she built and launched digital products nationwide. With her tenured experience in product information, along with her personal methodology, which prioritizes candid conversations and business decisions supported by data insights will benefit Stewart in their future business endeavors. Silcott optimizes product engagement with tactical planning and in-depth knowledge of the target audience, leading to seamless product launches. "She will be instrumental in driving our modernization efforts for Stewart clients and consumers," Eppinger said. I N D U S T R Y O R G A N I Z A T I O N S URBAN INSTITUTE HOUSING FINANCE POLICY CENTER NAMES NEW LEADERSHIP Urban Institute has named Janneke Ratcliffe to lead its Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC). Laurie Goodman, the Center's founder, will become HFPC's first Institute Fellow and will continue to lead data-driven analyses of housing and housing finance issues. Two housing finance luminaries, Ted Tozer and Sarah Gerecke, have also joined HFPC as nonresident fellows. "e housing finance system is facing a defining moment in American history," Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell said. "e decisions we're grappling with now will shape the life trajectories of generations to come. HFPC has taken the lessons of the past and are infusing evidence- based solutions to ensure all Americans can prosper in our economy today and in the future. e Center's new leadership is the right team for the task." Ratcliffe joined Urban in 2020 as Associate VP of HFPC, extending a storied career in housing finance and policy with roles at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Center for American Progress, the University of North Carolina, Self-Help, and GE's mortgage insurance and mortgage companies. As she takes the helm as vice president, Ratcliffe will lead the Center's prolific research agenda, policy priorities, and projects. "We founded HFPC to democratize data and knowledge of housing finance and to improve housing policy decision-making in the wake of the Great Recession," Goodman said. "It is near and dear to my heart, so it is deeply gratifying to step into my new role and pass the baton of HFPC leadership to Janneke Ratcliffe, a proven leader whom I admire and trust." Tozer and Gerecke join David Brickman, Jim Parrott, Vanessa Perry, Ellen Seidman, Michael Stegman, and Jun Zhu as HFPC nonresident fellows, who work to accelerate housing finance scholarship, build and connect networks, and mentor new housing research and policy leaders. Tozer, former President and CEO of Ginnie Mae, joins Urban from the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets, where he led housing finance reform work. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage, banking, and securities industries. He managed Ginnie Mae's 1.7 trillion dollars of mortgage-backed security guarantees and more than $460 billion in annual issuance. He has been a frequent co- author of HFPC publications. Gerecke is an adjunct professor of urban planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing Counseling at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She brings four decades of experience designing program and policy responses to complex affordable housing and community development challenges. She is already leading HFPC work on infill development as a potential solution to more equitable and affordable homeownership and informing HFPC research on rental counseling. Movers & Shakers

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