Welcome to InnovateHousing 2019

Speakers +

Presented by the Washington Center for Real Estate and Fannie Mae
November 5, 2019 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm PST | Block 41

Tyler Baldwin

Tyler Baldwin leads the real estate, sales and customer success, and operations teams at Reali and is focused on building Reali’s rapidly expanding operations. Before joining Reali, Tyler served as Head of Sales for the Mid-Market and Enterprise team for LinkedIn Elevate. Tyler also led the Global Sales Strategy & Operations team for LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions. He spent three years at McKinsey & Company where he advised Fortune 500 companies and their executive teams. Tyler is a graduate of Brigham Young University and earned his MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Susan Boyd

Susan Boyd is the Chief Executive Officer of Bellwether Housing, Seattle’s largest nonprofit provider of housing affordable to lower income people. Susan has been committed to building equitable, diverse, and vibrant communities through affordable housing throughout her career, which has spanned direct social service, policy analysis, advocacy, and law. She is a respected voice on regional housing issues.

Prior to serving as CEO, Boyd served as Bellwether’s Director of Real Estate Development, leading housing development strategy and tripling the number of units the organization has in production. Prior to coming to Bellwether, Boyd was a partner at the law firm Kantor Taylor Nelson Boyd & Evatt PC where she represented nonprofit, for-profit, and public organization in all aspects of the development and financing of affordable housing and community facilities.

Jane Broom

Jane Broom is a senior director in Microsoft Philanthropies, responsible for the company’s philanthropic strategy in its home state of Washington. She also contributes to the company’s national and global STEM and computer science education policy initiatives. She oversees investments in affordable housing, human services,
P-20 education, workforce development and arts & culture in the headquarters region.

Jane represents Microsoft in community initiatives aimed at improving the overall quality of life in our region, such as Microsoft’s Affordable Housing Initiative. Her longtime focus is to build equitable educational opportunities at both the preK-12 and higher education levels particularly in the areas of math, science and computer science.

Jane represented Microsoft in the start-up of STEM education initiatives such as TEALS, Code.org, Washington STEM and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. She currently serves on several boards and commissions including Alliance for Education, Philanthropy Northwest, Workforce Development Council of Seattle/King County, King County Affordable Housing Task Force and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

Donald Bunnell

Co-founder and CRO of Node, Don is passionate about the environment, energy policy, design, architecture and the intersection of those things. He excels at connecting seemingly disparate ideas and building on those ideas. All the better if they are a result of “out of the box” thinking and have the potential to disrupt or reshape industries.

In 2003, Don co-founded Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed clean energy company where he held various executive positions including CEO; President of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary SES Technologies; Chief Commercial Officer and President & CEO Asia Pacific; and served on the board from 2003-2014.

An active angel investor, Don is currently a Seattle Impact Investing Group and Element 8 member – a cleantech angel group in Seattle – and formerly a member of Sydney Angels in Australia. He spent a good part of his career leading the development of large, complex, energy and natural resource projects in Asia and has, over the past 10+ years, developed an expertise commercializing clean energy technologies.

Don also spent a year studying architecture the University of Sydney. A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, he lived in China for 17 years, and has 18 years of experience in the energy industry developing projects and managing joint ventures. Don has BA from Miami University and a JD from William & Mary School of Law.

Ryan Colker

Ryan is Vice President, Innovation, at the International Code Council. He also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) a national coalition working to provide communities with the tools necessary to holistically assess and improve their resilience.

Prior to joining ICC, Colker served as Vice President at the National Insitute of Building Sciences (NIBS), where he led efforts to improve the built environment through the collaboration of public and private sector industry stakeholders. At NIBS, he directed the Consultative Council which develops findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and served as staff director for the Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council; and the Institute’s STEM Education Program.

He speaks and writes frequently on emerging issues within the built environment, including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction. Colker is the editor of the book, Optimizing Community Infrastructure, Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses. Previously, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for ASHRAE and Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation.

He graduated from The George Washington University Law School, and holds a BA with honors in environmental policy, from the University of Florida.

Ryan Dibble

Ryan Dibble is the Head of Mortgage at Flyhomes, a real estate and technology company that is focused on super-powering home buyers. Flyhomes is leveling the playing field by giving any qualified buyer the chance to make a cash offer—eliminating risk and uncertainty for homeowners trying to buy a new home with the Trade Up program. Before delving into real estate, Ryan at worked Microsoft and JP Morgan.

Mollie Fadule

Mollie leads Katerra’s Affordable Housing strategy. Mollie has a broad range of experience in real estate and private equity having led acquisitions, development, dispositions and management of complex real estate transactions both domestically and internationally.

Mollie is a co-founder and partner of Cephas Partners, a private equity firm specializing in alternative investments with a primary focus on real-estate related opportunities. Prior to founding Cephas Partners, Mollie was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

Mollie received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Science (biochemistry) from Harvard and is a board member of Urban Housing Ventures, a fund bringing an innovative financing structure to the affordable housing space, and Pallet Shelter, a social purpose corporation serving transitional shelter needs to the homeless and those impacted by natural disasters.

Steve Francks

Steve Francks, RCE, CAE, is the CEO of Washington REALTORS®. He is an innovative leader recognized for his contributions on a regional and national level and is an accomplished facilitator for associations at the national, state, and local levels.

He served as the 2011 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Association Executives Committee Chair, and is a member of the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society through which NAR recognizes leading contributors to the industry and the profession

Christine Gregoire

Christine is the CEO for Challenge Seattle, an alliance of CEOs from 17 of the region’s largest private-sector employers who work together to ensure the greater Seattle area continues to thrive as one of the most vibrant, innovative, and globally competitive regions in the world.

Previously, Chris served for two terms as Governor of the State of Washington with a $32B biennial budget and over 60,000 employees. In her first term as Governor, she created the Department of Early Learning and led reforms to the K-12 system and investment in higher education. Chris led the state in an historical investment in infrastructure including the building of the largest floating bridge in the world and the largest transportation tunnel to open up Seattle’s waterfront. She addressed the water wars in the state and established the Puget Sound Initiative to restore one of the nation’s major estuaries. She led an historic number of trade missions, reformed the foster care system to protect children, and was among the first to lead in health care reform.

During her second term, Chris led the state in major reforms, management and budgeting to position the state as one of the most financially secure to come out of the “Great Recession”.

Prior to becoming Governor, Chris served for three terms as Attorney General for the State and before that, she served four years as the Director of the State Department of Ecology.

In addition to being CEO of Challenge Seattle, Chris is a member and former chair of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, member of the National Bipartisan Governor’s Council. She served as Chair of the National Export-Import Bank Advisory Board 2013 – 2016. She holds a J.D. From Gonzaga University and a B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of Washington. She is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Management Program.

Scott Hallworth

Scott Hallworth is Fannie Mae’s Chief Data, Modeling and Analytics Officer, reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Hallworth will lead the development and execution of the Fannie Mae information strategy that aligns to our enterprise mission and overall corporate strategy. His work will ensure that our data are analyzed, managed, governed, and fully leveraged delivering the insights we need to become a more innovative, data-driven organization, support our customers and partners, and drive digital transformation throughout housing finance.

Quinn Hawkins

Quinn Hawkins is the head of RedfinNow, Redfin’s iBuying business. He is responsible for strategy and operations, development and expansion, P&L, and personnel for RedfinNow. Prior to his current role, Quinn led strategic partnerships, business development, and the M&A function at Redfin.

Before that, he had eleven years of Product Manager experience, building delightful and effective consumer-facing products at Redfin and Microsoft through the full product development lifecycle. Quinn co-founded The Microsoft Garage, Microsoft’s grassroots innovation program. He has an MS in Computer Science and a BA in Physics.

Adena Heferts

Adena is the Co-founder and CEO of Divvy Homes, a fractional homeownership platform with the mission of giving access to homeownership to everyone. Prior to founding Divvy Homes, Adena invested in early stage companies at Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson (DFJ) – a venture capital firm-where she led their fintech investing practice.

Adena started her career as an operator, being one of the early Product Managers at Square, where she helped build and grow Square Capital, a merchant cash advance platform with over $2.5B in loans outstanding. Before becoming a Product Manager, she was part of the Strategy & Finance team at Square which focused on corporate planning.

Prior to joining Square, Adena was part of the large-cap buyout team at TPG, a private equity firm, where she helped diligence and purchase companies in the real estate sector. Adena started her career as an investment banker in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

She holds a BS in policy analysis and management from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Greg Howes

Greg Howes is a partner at CutMyTimber, an advanced manufacturer of wood-framed structures with clients including Google, Nike, TED, Adidas, and leading architects and builders. Greg is also a co-founder of the AEC Hackathons (architecture, engineering and construction), which organizes construction-focused innovation events that bring together leaders from both the technology and building industries.

Steve James

Steve James is Fannie Mae’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to the President, Mr. James leads marketing, communications, and community investment and engagement. His responsibilities include all marketing in support of the company’s single-family, multifamily, capital markets, and credit loss management businesses; leading the corporation’s digital marketing strategy, including oversight of all Fannie Mae’s social media and web properties; internal and external communications; corporate giving; and employee engagement and volunteer efforts.

Mr. James brings a wealth of marketing, product development, and strategy experience from companies such as Toyota, Capital One, and TIAA. Mr. James was Senior Vice President – Marketing at TIAA, where he led advertising, brand strategy, and consumer marketing.

Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Virginia Tech and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly H. Johnson is Fannie Mae’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting to the President. Ms. Johnson is responsible for leading technology, data, enterprise models, operations, the enterprise program management office, and resiliency. This unified set of enterprise shared services is central to supporting the execution of Fannie Mae’s unified business strategy.

Ms. Johnson is also a member of the Management Committee, Fannie Mae’s leadership team. As COO, she is charged with continuing the innovation work already underway throughout the company. Ms. Johnson partners closely with business units and the enterprise innovation team to focus resources on innovations that have the potential to enhance the company’s business model, support the execution of strategy, and evolve the housing finance system for the better.

Previously, Ms. Johnson served as Fannie Mae’s Chief Risk Officer until March 2018. In this role, she oversaw the company’s governance and strategy for global risk management. Her team provided independent oversight and guidance for managing risk and ensuring compliance, including the development and implementation of risk management measures across the company. The team also led efforts to build and sustain a strong risk culture in which all employees act on their responsibility to manage strategic, market, credit, liquidity, compliance, operational, reputational, and information security, including cyber risk. Prior to that, Ms. Johnson held several other key leadership positions, including Deputy Chief Risk Officer, Senior Vice President – Multifamily Capital Markets and Pricing, Vice President for Capital Markets – Multifamily, and Vice President – Credit Risk, Enterprise Risk Management.

Before joining Fannie Mae in 2006, Ms. Johnson was a Director at Credit Suisse, where her responsibilities included financial institution fixed-income sales coverage of hedge funds, money managers, and U.S. government-sponsored entities. Earlier, she was a U.S. Equity Trader at D.E. Shaw & Co.

Ms. Johnson has a BA in economics from Princeton University and a master of business administration in finance from Columbia Business School. She serves as a Director on the Board at Calvert Impact Capital.

Jonathan Lawless

Fannie Mae’s Product Development and Affordable Housing Vice President, Jon is driving innovation in the mortgage industry to expand access to credit and affordable housing across the country ultimately through programs designed to benefit renters, homebuyers, and the industry. He leads development of test and learn initiatives to address changing market needs as well as developing other creative solutions to support lenders and services so they can better serve their borrowers. He reports to the Chief Credit Officer.

Jon has led the development of several key Fannie Mae initiatives – including HomeReady®, the company’s flagship affordability product. He designed and implemented several programs designed to address a variety of housing issues through partnerships with numerous institutions across the country.  Prior to his current position, he was Underwriting and Pricing Analytics Vice President, where he leveraged data to influence key pricing, underwriting, and portfolio management decisions. He joined Fannie Mae in 2000 as a Statistical Analysis System intern in credit policy and has contributed to many teams over his tenure in the organization.

Additionally, Jon worked with 2Seeds Network, a non-profit group involved in agricultural development in East Africa. Lawless has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. John’s College and a Master of Science in finance from George Washington University.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin is a Privacy & Data Security attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson who advises clients with respect to a broad range of technology transactions, privacy and security issues. While maintaining a broad privacy practice, Peter focuses on innovative uses of data, especially with the life sciences and digital health sectors. He also guides clients in their domestic and international handling of personal information; new product development; and the assessment of legally defensible cybersecurity programs. The Legal 500 has recognized Peter’s work in the area of data protection and privacy as “extremely knowledgeable, competent and professional.”
Peter spent time several years in-house at a global Silicon Valley technology company and as Assistant General Counsel and global privacy officer for a multinational health firm. He has represented clients across industry sectors with respect to governing personal information; responding to regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state attorneys general; and supporting post-enforcement compliance obligations. In short, Peter holds a preeminent position in this space.

Daniel McPheeters

Dan is a Product Development Manager on the Customer Solutions team at Fannie Mae, where he leads the strategy and product design work for the housing supply initiative. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Dan served as Director of Secondary and Capital Markets at the Mortgage Bankers Association where he represented the mortgage industry on regulatory and policy issues impacting the agency and non-agency secondary mortgage market. He also led the formation of a Fintech Working Group comprised of mortgage industry experts to help identify and explore emerging trends and policy issues resulting from technological innovations.

Dan received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the founder of Geek Estate Blog and Geek Estate Mastermind, a private real estate tech think-tank comprised of over 200 execs, founders, vcs and practitioners. Members receive curated networking opportunities and an exclusive, objective lens into the trends, companies, people, and ideas shaping real estate technology.

Drew started his career at Zillow, from the early days of 2005 through 2010, managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Over the course of that time, he worked with Zillow’s PR team serving as a spokesperson for the company in various fashions via social media and founded the Carnival of Real Estate from within the company. He has spoken on panels at Inman’s Real Estate Connect conferences and has led sessions on Social Media Marketing and Search Engine Optimization at numerous Real Estate BarCamps across the country. Conceptualized and led two bootstrapped travel apps, reaching 15k+ total global users: Horizon, a private hospitality exchange network, and Oh Hey World, an open source location sharing platform for travelers.

He is a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s executive team during WaBeta Chapter’s migration to the Balanced Man Program in 2004. Drew holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Washington.

Emily Parkhurst

Emily Parkhurst is Market President and Publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ). She joined the PSBJ in 2012 and served as a technology reporter, managing editor and editor-in-chief prior to being named publisher in October 2018. Prior to 2012, she was an education and government reporter in her home state of Maine.

Emily is a national award-winning journalist. The PSBJ won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism in 2018 for its Price of Homelessness package, the 2018 SABEW award for real estate reporting, and her series of stories on restraint of school children in Maine won the Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting in 2010. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and an undergraduate degree in classical music performance.

Terry Theologides

Stergios “Terry” Theologides is Fannie Mae’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. He oversees the Legal Department and Government and Industry Relations, and serves as a senior advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors.

Mr. Theologides joined Fannie Mae in March 2019 with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, specifically in financial services and regulatory environments. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at CoreLogic, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Theologides was a member of the management committee, helped guide the company’s strategic and innovation initiatives, and advised the company on various priorities, including compliance, information security, internal audit, and enterprise risk.

Before joining CoreLogic, Inc., Mr. Theologides was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Morgan Stanley’s U.S. residential mortgage business where he provided legal advice on sensitive state regulatory issues during the economic crisis, and was a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Mr. Theologides has a juris doctor from Columbia Law School, and a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Nima Wedlake

Nima Wedlake is a Principal at Thomvest Ventures, where he helps lead the firm’s investments across the real estate and financial services verticals. His investments in the real estate technology sector include Blend, PeerStreet, Ribbon, LoanSnap, Glide & SoFi. Nima’s background is in management consulting; he began his career at ZS Associates, advising both startups and large enterprises on issues related to go-to-market strategy, product-market fit, and sales forecasting. Nima is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

James Young

James Young is the Director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington. James has over 30 years of experience in analyzing property markets worldwide both as a consultant and as an academic with an emphasis on market analysis, urban economics, and housing.

James has held appointments at the University of Auckland, Cass Business School in London, and the University of Ulster. He has published in leading academic journals including Real Estate Economics, Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Journal of Housing Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research. In addition to his academic work, James has also established real estate databases and provided policy analysis to government agencies and professional groups worldwide. He has held board positions with the European Real Estate Society, International Real Estate Society, and Pacific Rim Real Estate Society. James is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).