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2020 HW Woman of Influence: Risha Kilaru

Guaranteed Rate, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending

Risha Kilaru

In a traditionally male-dominated mortgage field, Risha Kilaru is a force to be reckoned with.

Kilaru began in the housing industry as an underwriter 13 years ago. Today, she is a senior vice president of mortgage lending for Guaranteed Rate and a multiple award-winning loan originator. In 2019, Kilaru funded more than $329 million in total loan volume, ranking as the fourth top producer at Guaranteed Rate. Kilaru consistently uses her success in the industry to empower and positively influence her company. As branch manager for Guaranteed Rate’s location in Fremont, California, Kilaru develops and leads a team of mortgage professionals in order to serve her clients and business partners with the best possible outcomes. She understands that without the support of her team, she wouldn’t be where she is today, and takes their development very personally. She is actively involved with the Guaranteed Rate Origination of Women, an inclusive organization that provides Guaranteed Rate employees with mentorship and a safe place to learn, exchange ideas and generate increased empowerment and confidence. Besides her significant contributions to the mortgage industry, Kilaru works closely with Janyaa, an organization with the mission to improve the lives of under-privileged rural children in India through hands-on education.

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