2014 Women of Influence: Annemaria Allen


ANNEMARIA ALLEN has devoted her career to improving mortgage lending compliance, a topic that is more important than ever in today’s regulated landscape. Allen founded The Compliance Group, located in San Marcos, California, in 2000, and serves as its CEO and president.

Previously, Allen served as chief compliance officer for an industry leader on high-LTV products and Title I loans. In addition, Allen’s past experience includes working for several multibillion-dollar mortgage lending companies, Wall Street investment firms and national banks, in leading roles such as chief compliance officer, equity research analyst in the top 15 stocks in the United States, appraising, underwriting, processing and funding.

Allen is a graduate of the American Bankers Association compliance program at the University of Oklahoma and has received extensive training through the MBA, ABA and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac seminars.

Allen is a California MBA board member and past chair of the mortgage quality assurance and compliance sub-committee, a member and past trainer of mortgage regulators through the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators.

She is also a member and alpha test group participant for mortgage licensing application standardization through the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and has worked to modify the NMLS system. Allen has participated in developing the anti-predatory lending course and compliance certification program with the MBA.

Allen is a frequent speaker and presenter on panels and conferences relating to regulatory developments in mortgage lending, multi-state licensing, compliance and quality assurance, and writes and contributes to numerous articles in industry publications.