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MortgagePoint September 2023

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MortgagePoint ยป Your Trusted Source for Mortgage Banking and Servicing News 68 2 0 2 3 W O M E N I N H O U S I N G A W A R D S Michelle Garcia Gilbert Managing Partner, Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A. What People Are Saying: "Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A., is fully owned and operated by Michelle Garcia Gilbert, a Hispanic female. The firm is designated by the State of Florida and Hillsborough County as a certified women- and minority-owned busi- ness. Michelle places great emphasis and value on donating her time and resources to various groups and organizations. Michelle makes a difference in her community by joining efforts with her staff to select and serve at least one charity per month. Philanthropic initiatives include supply drives and collections, in-kind and monetary donations towards children's school supplies, animal shelters, foster or misplaced youth, and veterans." What This Nomination Means to Her: "Being selected as a finalist for the Women in Housing Corporate Social Responsibility Award is an incredible honor that fills me with pride and gratitude. In every aspect of life, much has been given to me, so in turn, I am honored to give back. Supporting and serving my community and various industry organiza- tions would be merely a vision if it weren't for the efforts and unwavering commitment of my team. It is because of their dedication to driving positive change that Gilbert Garcia Group and Sapphire Title & Escrow have been able to con- sistently serve those in need. I am privileged, honored, and grateful to serve my community as a representative of the mortgage servicing industry and to stand amongst so many deserv- ing women who play a vital role in shaping and defining a socially responsible industry." Tamara E. Gifford Director, Community and External Relations, Ocwen Financial Corporation What People Are Saying: "As Director of Community and External Rela- tions, Tamara Gifford leads Ocwen's corporate social responsibility efforts. Tamara oversees all borrower outreach efforts, which resulted in 150+ virtual outreach events across 29 states during the pandemic. In addition, Tamara man- ages Ocwen's Community Advisory Council, a diverse group of national, regional, and local nonprofit housing counseling, community development, and civil rights organizations from across the country. Members include NCRC, UnidosUS, NAACP, and others." What This Nomination Means to Her: "I am honored to be selected as a finalist for the Five Star Institute's Women in Housing Corporate Social Responsibility Award. It is humbling to be recognized with such an amaz- ing group of women who are focused on the same goal of helping homeowners. At Ocwen, our philanthropic focus has always been to partner with national and local organizations that help promote positive outcomes for those who need it most. Being able to make a positive difference in someone's life is an amazing gift, and I am blessed to work for a company that believes we should do as much as we can to help our borrowers, our homeowners, and our com- munities. Since 2012, Ocwen has provided more than $27 million in funding to the mortgage industry, consumer advocacy, and nonprofit organizations that serve low- to moderate-in- come families. We remain committed to helping homeowners and those who need it most." Corporate Social Responsibility Award This award recognizes executives or companies who are driving charitable initiatives and helping the industry make a positive difference.

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