2021 HW Woman of Influence: Sarah Edelman


Sarah Edelman has decades of experience in community development, affordable housing policy and program implementation. She has become a trusted voice on affordable homeownership within Fannie Mae and across the housing industry. In her current role as director of affordable initiatives, Edelman’s goal is to decrease the cost of housing for low and moderate-income households and create opportunities to build wealth through homeownership. She is directly responsible for setting Fannie Mae’s strategy to meet the credit needs of underserved borrowers living in high-needs rural regions, manufactured homes or in neighborhoods with rising housing costs or distressed properties. Every day, Edelman helps Fannie Mae deliver on its commitment to sustainability and affordability. She was instrumental in developing the company’s Duty to Serve efforts and developing the plans to serve these markets more effectively. Since Edelman stood up Fannie Mae’s DTS initiative in 2018, the company has significantly increased its purchases of loans in DTS markets. She also participates in areas of work outside of DTS and consistently encourages colleagues to prioritize the needs of underserved borrowers first and to deliver impactful solutions that will improve access to affordable housing. Additionally, Edelman has testified before Congress on housing finance issues.


Sarah Edelman


Director of Affordable Iniatives

Company Name:

Fannie Mae

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