Meet Our ECOA Women and Homeownership Panelists

Be sure to join us – LIVE – on Thursday, October 26 at 5p PT/8p ET for our panel on Women & Homeownership, in celebration of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act!  It’s free! Sign up here:

We have a panel of industry experts to discuss what’s going on in the market and provide some actionable tips. Meet two of our panelists!

Valerie Saunders
Valerie Saunders currently serves as President for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB).

With 30 years of experience in the mortgage and title insurance industry, she is also the Vice President of RE Financial Services, Inc., a Florida mortgage broker business, and President of Title Clearing House of Jacksonville, a Florida licensed title insurance company.

In addition, she has been a course writer and instructor for loan originator continuing education for 20 years. She previously was President of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals from 2008-2009 and 2012-2013. During her presidency, she spearheaded a successful effort to rewrite Florida's Mortgage Brokerage and Lending Law (FS494) to deregulate the statute and make it easier for loan originators to comply with the state's rules and regulations.

In 2012, Valerie was selected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to serve on a SBREFA panel to discuss proposals concerning loan originator compensation, pricing concessions and MLO training and qualifications. She also was selected in 2022 to serve on a CFPB SBREFA panel focusing on appraisals and automated valuation models (AVMs).

Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington 

Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillingtonis NAHB’s Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis. She oversees the activities of the Forecasting & Analysis section of the Economics group which includes housing market analysis, industry surveys, developing and maintaining national, regional, long-term, and remodeling expenditures forecasts. Previously, she worked at NAHB as a Senior Economist, responsible for state and local analysis.

Prior to joining NAHB, Danushka worked at J.D. Power as a Senior Economic Analyst in the automotive industry. She holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University and M.A. degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. 

Tomorrow we'll be sharing more panelist bios with you!