HousingWire's Influential Women of Housing 2012 special section focuses on 30 women leaders helping to shape the housing sector.

Some are household names. Others may fly a bit more under the radar but are very influential in their day-to-day work to effect positive change in the housing economy.

Their experience spans a wide spectrum, from housing policy on the steps of Capitol Hill to running large nonprofits. They include lenders, mortgage servicers, housing analysts and technology gurus.

Below, in no particular order, are the 30 women who made this year's list. All nominations were submitted by HousingWire readers. To see our stories on each finalist, please see our online September flip book. Found here.

Associations/Nonprofits:

Eileen Fitzgerald, NeighborWorks America

Carol Galante, Federal Housing Administration

Colleen Hernandez, Homeownership Preservation Foundation

Alberta Hultman, USFN

Laurie Maggiano, U.S. Treasury Department

Desirée Patno, National Association of Women REO Brokers

Faith Schwartz, Hope Now

Sarah Rosen Wartell, Urban Institute

Default services/servicing:

Karen Glasgow, Field Asset Services

JK Huey, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Shelley Leonard, Lender Processing Services

Leslie Peeler, Fannie Mae

Susan Reid, McCalla Raymer

Hattie Sharp, Bank of America Home Loans

Investments:

Susan Allon, AllonHill

Donna Corley, Freddie Mac

Laurie Goodman, Amherst Securities

Marianne Sullivan, Fannie Mae

Karen Weaver, Seer Capital

Lending:

Nancy Alley, Xerox Mortgage Services

Nectar Kalajian, Skyline Home Loans

Erin Lantz, Zillow

Sharon Matthews, eLynx

Smritri Popenoe, PHH Corp.

Real Estate/Technology:

Marianne Cusato, Marianne Cusato LLC

Arlene Hyde, CoreLogic

Kathryn Korte, Sotheby's

Pam McKissick, Williams, Williams & McKissick Cos.

Jennifer Miller, a la mode­­­

Ivy Zelman, Zelman & Associates

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