Women of Influence 2016
HousingWire recognizes the most influential women in housing
Sarah Valentini has 20 years’ experience in residential lending and under her leadership Radius Financial Group, launched in 1999, has grown from a small, local lender to one of New England’s leading private mortgage banks with nearly 100 employees and eight satellite offices throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
In 2015 Radius was named by Boston Globe magazine and the Commonwealth Institute as one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachussetts. Valentini’s influence extends to other parts of the county as well, as she spoke to more than 140 Realtors in South Florida about her current insights and perspective of the real estate industry, and how Radius can help in Florida.
Valentini is also active in many professional and volunteer organizations. She assisted in bringing MBA Opens Doors — a nationwide program helping families pay rent or mortgages when a child is in critical care — to Boston Children’s Hospital and was named the 2016 South Shore Habitat for Humanity Women Build Chairwoman, taking over for HGTV host Taniya Nayak.
Valentini is also a current mentor for Interise, an organization dedicated to stimulating economic revitalization in lower-income communities. The organization offers a StreetWise ‘MBA’ program to connect small business owners with other CEOs who can mentor them. In 2014, 68% of Interise small businesses increased their annual revenues by an average of $419,000.
Valentini is a current member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Committee of 200 and the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts.