American Mortgage Diversity Council names new chair

CBC Mortgage Agency DEI officer steps into the role

American Mortgage Diversity Council names new chair

Tai Christensen, CBC Mortgage Agency's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer, has been appointed as the new chair of the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC). She will succeed outgoing chair Lola Oyewole.

CBC Mortgage, a housing finance agency that provides down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, has announced that Christensen will lead AMDC's efforts to promote DEI throughout the mortgage industry. Last year, she became a member of the Dallas-based organization's advisory board. Christensen has been with CBC Mortgage since 2018 and has 20 years of real estate finance experience under her belt.

"When it came time to choose our next chair, it was clear to everyone that Tai was the best and obvious choice," said AMDC executive director Gina Gallutia. "We are thrilled for her to lead the council as we tackle the key DEI issues in our industry this year."

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"Working for a company that aligns closely with my desire to erase racial disparity in homeownership has been so gratifying," Christensen said. "So, when the opportunity to support the American Mortgage Diversity Council arose last year, I jumped at the chance. Little did I know I would be given the opportunity to help guide the council as chair just a year later. I am honored to have the opportunity."

Oyewole, who also serves as vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Ocwen Financial, will remain on the AMDC board of advisors as chair pro-tem for the next year and assist Christensen’s transition into her new role.

"My time as AMDC chair has been very fulfilling, but there is more work ahead to maintain progress in the diversification of real estate finance," Oyewole said. "I look forward to continuing to serve the organization in other capacities to help it achieve its mission of expanding diversity in the mortgage industry."