2024 Rising Star: Melissa Wooldridge

Melissa Wooldridge

Melissa Wooldridge is a young executive who, in the early stages of her career, has set the standard for the institutionalization of private lending. With over a decade of experience in processing operations, Wooldridge has led her team in the development of lending processes, procedures, and protocols that have helped to set the standard many lenders in this industry follow. Her data-informed strategies set the stage for the securitization of our loan products, providing accessibility to Wall Street investment bankers. Wooldridge also prioritizes the professional development of her team to help build their capacity in their current roles, but also to support and encourage their growth into new avenues and career pursuits within the company.

Wooldridge is a critical part of Anchor’s trajectory from a lending startup in California, to lending leader nationwide. She has led the operations to help scale Anchor from a $30 million a month origination company to over $200 million per month. Wooldridge serves as a beacon and a mentor for our younger team members that are searching for career development and enhancement.

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

To be kind and that people matter. Invest in the people around you, as they grow so do you.


Melissa Wooldridge




Vice President of Processing

Company Name:

Anchor Loans Mortgage

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