For the sixth time, HousingWire is recognizing women leading out in our industry in mortgage lending, servicing, investing and real estate with our Women of Influence award.

Although these 43 women represent a range of occupations within the housing economy, all of them demonstrate leadership that inspires those in their own company, in their communities and in the industry at large.

Some of our 2016 award winners have worked their way up in traditional mortgage companies, while others started their own businesses. They have made their mark in marketing, technology, economics, compliance, asset management, operations and business development. Their fields of accomplishments vary but their impact is indisputable.

Reading through this year’s nominations, one of the things that stood out about our winners is their tremendous value to the companies they run, or work for. This value comes not only from the job duties they perform — although those were impressive on their own merits — but also in the way they lead and mentor others within their companies.

Many of our winners mentor other women in the industry, run internship programs for college students or work with business groups in disadvantaged areas. Others coordinated volunteer programs for their employees or served on advisory boards that inform the industry. Investing time and effort to see others succeed is a hallmark of this group, and should be celebrated in its own right.

We’re happy to do just that, and invite you to find out more about each of these winners, the most influential women in housing. 

Anie Akpe-Lewis

Kim Alexander

Nancy Alley

Loetta Arrington

Georgeann Beville

Christina Boyle

Katie Brewer

Susan Chenoweth

Traci Cox

Donna DeMaio

Leah Fox

Justine Jimenez-Garcia

Robin Gordon

Shea Haley

Debbie Hoffman

Kim Hoffman

Terri Hunter

Jamie Korus

Anita Kwan

Dena Kwaschyn

Anthea Martin

Mary Ann McGarry

Claudia Merkle

Terri Merlino

Bliss Morris

Elisabeth Murphy

Penny Nelson

Desiree Patno

Amanda Phillips

Nancy Pratt

Patricia Raymo

Jeanna Roach

Marisa Shapter

Suzanne Shuck

Janis Smith

Sandhya Suku

Eva Tapia

Cheryl Travis-Johnson

Sally French Tyler

Sarah Valentini

Marina Walsh

Melinda Wilner

Serena Yang