2021 HW Woman of Influence: Laura Brandao


As the president and only female partner of American Financial Resources, Laura Brandao is integral to AFR’s growth, seamlessly addressing market demand, including manufactured home and renovation programs. As an executive, Brandao is also a well-regarded champion for brokers, builders and other partners. Among her recent accomplishments, Brandao led the launch of a new certification program for lending partners. Once certified in programs like Manufactured Housing or VA Renovation, brokers can be listed as an Official AFR Certified Partner in a searchable database which allows clients, builders, and realtors to easily find a local expert for a specific loan program. She also developed a monthly “In the House” educational series for AFR, during which attendees can participate in a live Q&A on various loan programs with AFR experts and invited guests.

Brandao has a passion for empowering other women in mortgage, lending her support and sweat equity to multiple organizations. Not only has the ‘glass ceiling’ been shattered at AFR, as its president and long-time board member Laura Brandao would attest, but women account for half of all AFR employees up to and including the vice president level. Brandao has become the face of a company which represents gender equality, and she has been interviewed and written articles on the subject.


Laura Brandao



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American Financial Resources

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