HW 2019 Insider: Heather Cantua Philips

Associate General Counsel, Unison

As associate general counsel at Unison, a company that helps people across the country buy homes or access their equity with a new category called home co-investing, Heather Cantua Phillips wears many hats within the company.

F2Cantua Phillips ensures that employees and partners of Unison understand the nuances of home co-investing, and also actively works with industry regulators at the state, local and national levels to create the foundation for how this space operates, helping to pave the path for a legally compliant and responsible new method of home buying and homeownership. Since joining the company in 2017, Phillips has done everything from drafting the employee handbook to writing out the company’s policies and helping write marketing materials, but one particular area of focus has been on addressing the company’s gender divide. Cantua Phillips worked closely with company leadership to prioritize hiring women.

“My approach has always been to lead from a place of trust and listen more than I talk. One of my proudest achievements is when colleagues, staff and leadership come to me with questions that are outside strictly legal inquiries.”

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