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22 G O V E R N M E N T FREDDIE MAC MULTIFAMILY NAMES TWO SVPS Freddie Mac Multifamily has named two SVP roles, as Steve Johnson will serve as Head of Production & Sales—a position he has served in on an interim basis since May—and William Buskirk will become COO, responsible for asset management, loan administration and servicing, counterparty risk management, marketing and communications, business strategy and board reporting, and business insights. Buskirk previously served as CFO for the Multifamily Division. Johnson and Buskirk will report to Kevin Palmer, who was named Freddie Mac's Head of Multifamily in May. "It is my privilege to announce Steve Johnson as our Head of Production & Sales and Bill Buskirk as our Chief Operating Officer," Palmer said. "ese two leaders bring a combined 42 years' experience at Freddie Mac during which they have helped our segment grow to become a powerhouse leader in multifamily. ey have strengthened our business and helped navigate through dynamic and challenging markets. ey come to work each day intent on meeting our mission. Steve and Bill finalize our Multifamily senior management team, setting us up for a great year in 2023 and success in the years ahead." Johnson is a 22-year veteran of Freddie Mac. Prior to leading Multifamily's Production & Sales team, he served as VP of Small Balance Lending (SBL) and Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH). Johnson stood up Freddie Mac's SBL initiative, helping establish an efficient execution for 5- to 50-unit properties, which provide a significant amount of the nation's workforce housing. Johnson also oversaw substantial growth in Multifamily's TAH business, including a substantial expansion of all four of its segments, including immediates, forwards, structured transactions and LIHTC equity investments. As interim head of Production & Sales, he has led the sourcing, originating, and structuring of all Multifamily loan products. Buskirk has served as Multifamily CFO for nearly 13 years and has been with Freddie Mac since 2002. As CFO, he was instrumental in informing the strategic direction of the Multifamily business, with responsibilities ranging from financial and business reporting and accounting to budgeting and forecasting. Buskirk has long served as a key advisor to the segment's leadership, providing support for pricing approaches, capital allocations and earnings optimization while supporting Freddie Mac's affordable housing mission. Buskirk began his career at Arthur Andersen. HUD ESTABLISHES TRIBAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE e U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has announced the members of the first-ever Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC). HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge is launching the Committee to strengthen the nation-to- nation relationship between HUD and Tribal communities, coordinate policy across all HUD programs, and advise on the housing priorities of the American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. e function of TIAC is not to replace Tribal consultation, but rather serve as a tool to supplement it. Leading the TIAC will be Gary Batton, Chief, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma; Scott Herman, Chairman, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, South Dakota; Marshall Pierite, Chairman, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Marksville, Louisiana; and Darren Brinegar, Tribal Legislator, Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Announced during Native American Heritage Month and preceding the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, the TIAC is born out of a 2021 Presidential memorandum that directed all federal agencies to take actions to strengthen their policies and practices on Tribal consultation. at same year, HUD Secretary Fudge announced her intention to establish the first HUD Tribal advisory committee. Public comment was taken into consideration regarding both the structure of the committee and the nomination of its members. HUD's goal in selecting the committee members was to reflect appropriate representation across the federally recognized tribes. Several HUD representatives will serve on the committee as well. "With the creation of the first-ever Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, HUD continues to answer the President's call to strengthen our relationships with our Tribal partners," HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said, "As we commemorate Native American Heritage Month, I'm proud to move forward alongside this new Committee with such esteemed members, who will help us to address the unique concerns of Indian Country." Additional TIAC members include Glenn Ellis, Jr., Council Member, Makah Indian Tribe, Neah Bay, Washington; Tina Glory- Jordan, Secretary of State, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (at-large); Denise Harvey, Council Member, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Grand Ronde, Oregon; Victoria Hobbs, Legislative Council Representative, Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona; Patricia MacDonald, Council President, Healy Lake Village, Fairbanks, Alaska; Jacqueline Pata, First VP, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska; Bridgett Sorenson, Board of Director, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Kincheloe, Michigan; Lee Spoonhunter, Council Member, Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, Fort Washakie, Wyoming; Arch Super, Council Member, Karuk Tribe, Happy Camp, California; Teri Nutter, Elected Official, Gulkana Village, Gakona, Alaska; and Tyler Yellow Boy, Council Member, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Oglala, South Dakota. "During Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American Indians and the influence they have had on our country," HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman said. "I'm thrilled to work hand-in-hand with our new Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee in creating increased opportunities for Tribes and Tribal communities." Movers & Shakers Got something to share with us? Send it to Editor@DSNews.com.

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