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MortgagePoint September 2023

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MortgagePoint » Your Trusted Source for Mortgage Banking and Servicing News 66 2 0 2 3 W O M E N I N H O U S I N G A W A R D S AJ Barkley Head of Neighborhood and Community Lending, Bank of America What People Are Saying: "For over two decades, AJ Barkley has sup- ported clients' homeownership goals, driving opportunities for low- and moderate-income borrowers, multicultural communities, and first-time buyers. She's responsible for develop- ing two of Bank of America's (BofA) industry- leading signature programs: the $15 billion Community Homeownership Commitment and the Community Affordable Loan Solution. Under AJ's leadership, BofA introduced the industry's most generous down payment and closing cost grants of up to $17,500—more than $400 million in grants and $11 billion in loans, 87% to first-time homebuyers." What This Nomination Means to Her: "I'm incredibly honored to be nominated for the inaugural Keys in Hand Award, as I've made it my mission to open the doors to affordable homeownership for more people, including low- and moderate-income borrow- ers, multicultural communities, and first-time buyers. I firmly believe owning a home is still one of the best ways to create economic mobil- ity, and I'm so happy to help clients recognize that they are realizing a dream and building generational wealth. This nomination gives me an extra boost of determination to remove barriers, close gaps, and make homeowner- ship accessible to all. It validates that every stride, solution, and instance of assistance con- tributes to a meaningful transformation in the lives of individuals. I embrace this nomination with humility and gratitude and am thank- ful to continue to advance equitable access to homeownership." Jenise Hight VP, Single-Family Credit Risk Policy, Fannie Mae What People Are Saying: "Over the past 16 years at Fannie Mae, Jenise has been dedicated to developing servic- ing policies and supporting loss mitigation strategies that drive Fannie Mae's mission to facilitate equitable and sustainable homeown- ership. Jenise led many critical policy initiatives that made a positive impact on the housing environment during the housing crisis of 2008 and the recent global pandemic. She also led recent efforts to update policies that encourage more lenders to participate in programs that provide increased access to credit for low- to- moderate income homebuyers." What This Nomination Means to Her: "I am grateful first for the nomination and then to be further considered as a finalist for the 2023 Keys in Hand Award. This nomination serves as confirmation of the hard but rewarding work I lead daily as a member of Fannie Mae's Credit Risk Policy team to make a difference in people's everyday lives through homeown- ership and a positive impact on the housing finance industry. I find great satisfaction in serving my community by contributing to Fannie Mae's mission to facilitate equitable and sustainable access to homeownership, allowing for the creation of intergenerational wealth for first-generation homeowners through policies that support initiatives such as positive rental payment history and cashflow underwriting. And just as important is to ensure that we provide solutions to keep keys in hands during times of financial uncertainty. It is a great honor to be recognized for doing what I love." The Keys in Hand Award This new award spotlights industry executives working to expand homeownership in America, especially for first-time homeowners, providing a critical source of intergenerational wealth.

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