2023 Woman of Influence: Rachel Beam


Rachel Beam is driving positive change to foster a more effective, efficient and impartial home valuation process. As the director of collateral policy and equity at Fannie Mae, Beam leads critical valuation modernization initiatives and actions to drive more accurate appraisals and minimize bias, which benefits lenders and mortgage borrowers. A passionate advocate for equity and diversity in the appraiser profession, Beam co-founded the Appraiser Diversity Initiative (ADI) and has guided its growth.

In the past 12 months, Beam has taken on an expanded role in Fannie Mae, leading a reorganized collateral policy team and directing groundbreaking text scanning work and other initiatives to minimize appraisal bias. Beam is a passionate, charismatic leader whose belief in Fannie Mae’s mission shines through everything she does. She has empathy for people and leadership skills to match, inspiring her team by example and tone which leads to strong business results. Since its inception in 2018, Beam has provided the vision and energy that are the driving forces in the ADI. Recently, ADI has expanded to be a true industry collaboration including Freddie Mac and the Appraisal Institute.


Rachel Beam


Director of Collateral Policy and Equity

Company Name:

Fannie Mae



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