2023 HW Vanguard: Laura Brandao

Laura Brandao

Laura Brandao has made significant contributions to the mortgage business in impactful and positive ways for over 20 years by championing the values of diversity, inclusivity and equality for all. She has consistently provided a powerful example of leadership and work ethic. Brandao’s energy, compassion and positive mindset are wellknown and respected across the mortgage industry. Brandao is currently the chief strategy officer and a partner at Equity Prime Mortgage (EPM). Her vision for the company is laser-focused on empowering clients with knowledge, opportunities and the educational tools they need to navigate the mortgage process with ease and clarity. In her prior role as the president and partner at American Financial Resources (AFR) for 15 years, Brandao led that company, and the entire industry, in developing unique products to support the ever-changing demands of the housing market.

Brandao has been a consistent voice for new product development as well as placing technology at the forefront of the mortgage process. During her tenure at AFR, Brandao led the charge for accessible support through technological innovation. Brandao is committed to the cause of promoting and supporting women in the mortgage industry through encouragement, education and providing opportunities for women to grow and succeed in their careers. She is the chair of the Women with Vision and National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America’s Visionary program, a board member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey, the chair of the MBANJ Women’s committee, the co-chair of the MBA’s IMB network and an executive coach with Vision 20/20 Vision for Success Coaching, among several other roles in the industry.

What is one habit you swear by?

I make it a firm practice to focus on the positive mindset I will then carry with me for the rest of my day.


Laura Brandao


Chief Strategy Officer and Partner

Company Name:

Equity Prime Mortgage

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