2019 HW Vanguard: Jennifer McGuinness

Strategic Venture Partners and Mortgage Venture Partners Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Head of Aggregation and Structured Finance

Jennifer McGuinness has more than 24 years of experience in lending and aggregation, banking, asset management, servicing and structured finance.

She is the co-founder and head of Strategic Venture Partners, a strategy firm focused on innovative fintech and asset management. She’s also the co-founder and head of aggregation and structured finance for Mortgage Venture Partners, a woman-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned business that’s the first end-to-end fintech-enabled mortgage loan aggregator. In the last 24 months, McGuinness and her team have brought to market an array of innovative lending products, including the first fintech-empowered first-lien home equity line of credit mortgage product and array of fintech optimization that insulates risk and streamlines origination, asset management and structured finance workflows.

McGuinness was named a 2019 Women of Vision by Women’s Mortgage Banking Magazine. She also was listed as a Woman in Real Estate by REI Ink Magazine and was nominated for two 2019 Five Star Institute Keystone Awards, the first for Diversity and Inclusion and the second the Laurie Maggiano Legacy Award. 

Previously, McGuinness was the head of the deal team for the first hedge-fund issuer of residential mortgage-backed securities collateralized by newly originated mortgage loans. She also designed single-asset lending landlord loan programs. She is a thought leader and innovator who mentors peers and collaborates with stakeholders to ensure best execution. She has sat in the seat of both the business builder and leader and she strives every day to move the market forward.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“You meet the same people on the way up as you do on the way down” Just because someone may not be as senior as you doesn’t mean that they cannot add significant value. Collaboration and creativity are key to effectuating outcomes and no one has achieved success alone!”

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