2022 Rising Star: Brendan Kihn


Senior director of government and industry relations Brendan Kihn has worked with U.S. Mortgage Insurers for six years, and currently represents the organization in front of lawmakers, regulators and housing industry stakeholders in Washington, D.C., where he aids in the development of legislative and regulatory strategies to advocate on behalf of the private mortgage insurance industry on issues focused on increasing sustainable and affordable homeownership, housing finance reform and tax policy. 

As USMI has grown, Kihn has successfully taken on a larger portfolio of issues and workstreams. This includes extensive engagement with USMI’s member companies to support various committees, including USMI’s regulatory work group, executive committee and legal counsel group. He has been integral in promoting USMI’s legislative and regulatory priorities through comment letters, congressional hearing testimonies, and industry working groups. Kihn has enabled USMI to be nimble and effective on advocacy initiatives with policymakers, housing industry stakeholders and consumer advocate organizations. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Ever since I was young, my mother advised to “never burn a bridge,” a mindset that served her well for more than 40 years at General Motors and which informs my approach to interactions in and out of the office.


Brendan Kihn




Senior Director of Government and Industry Relations

Company Name:

U.S. Mortgage Insurers

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