Mortgage

Rocket’s Laura Grannemann on housing inequality

Today’s HousingWire Daily episode features the first episode of the Women of Influence podcast miniseries. Each Tuesday, HW+ Managing Editor Brena Nath interviews one of HousingWire’s remarkable Women of Influence on their latest contributions to the industry, the women they look up to and how they’re moving markets forward.

The miniseries leads into the announcement of the 2021 HousingWire Women of Influence award winners, which will be announced on Aug. 1. This first episode features 2020 Woman of Influence Laura Grannemann, vice president of Strategic Investments at Rocket Community Fund, as she discusses how COVID-19 has starkly highlighted inequity in housing across the country.

Grannemann founded the fund when she was 24 years old with the goal of increasing opportunities for residents of Detroit and other Rocket home cities. During the episode, Grannemann shares some advice on how people listening can make an impact in this industry and where to start. She also touches on the women that she looks up to and gives some insight on how to recruit more women into the housing space.

Here is a small preview of the interview, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity:

Brena Nath: As a 2020 Woman of Influence, what have you been focused on the last year?

Laura Grannemann: Well, the last year has been a lot of craziness, really, for all of us involved. But I think that what’s been really, really great about our work is that we knew that some of these inequities existed prior to the pandemic, but having the pandemic hit, really accelerated a lot of the work that we were doing, and really accelerated a lot of the partnerships that we have in this space. And so we’ve seen a lot of momentum with some of this work, especially on the housing side. So over the past year, we’ve had a number of really critical announcements and launches of programs.

HousingWire’s Women of Influence podcast miniseries spotlights the significant contributions of women who are driving the U.S. housing economy forward, interviewing our honorees over the years on the impact they’re making today.  Hosted by Brena Nath and produced by Alcynna Lloyd.

Below is the transcription of the interview. These transcriptions, powered by Speechpad, have been lightly edited and may contain small errors from reproduction:

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