Patty Arvielo started her career in the mortgage industry from scratch, reaching out of her comfort zone to break into a business where she had no previous experience. Thirty-five years later, Arvielo leads a mortgage bank with more than 2,300 employees and 140 branches across the nation. She is influencing the real estate finance industry in terms of lending policy initiatives, and she rallies for the upward mobility of women in the workplace.

To better serve Hispanic communities, Arvielo spearheaded New American Funding’s Latino Focus Committee with a mission to identify and address the challenges Hispanic consumers face in their pursuit of homeownership and to enhance the quality of their lending experience. She also sits on the corporate board of governors for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals [NAHREP], and she serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Consumer Affairs Advisory Council for the Mortgage Bankers Association. She is a former member of the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, sits on the Freddie Mac Community Lender Advisory Board and has recently joined the Latino Donor Collaborative board. Last year, she received the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Orange County, the Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year and a Business Award from the LA Times Latinos de Hoy.