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MBA Appoints Amber Lawrence As AVP Of Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced that Amber Lawrence has been appointed Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In this role, Lawrence will be responsible for advancing DEI programs for the association and overall real estate finance industry.

“As a 15-year veteran of MBA and the real estate finance industry, Amber has developed deep relationships with top industry leaders, and I can’t think of anyone more dedicated, passionate, and well suited for this position. I look forward to seeing Amber grow our DEI reach within the industry,” said Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, MBA’s President and CEO. 

“Amber is no stranger to developing and executing programming that has benefited the real estate finance industry. Along with her in-depth expertise in program planning and her background in DEI leadership and coaching, Amber is the ideal person to elevate MBA’s DEI programming,” said Lisa Haynes, MBA’s SVP, CFO, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Previously, Lawrence served as Associate Director of Career Development Programs. In that role, she was a core member of MBA’s education leadership team, where she managed its professional certification and designation programs. Notably, Lawrence managed the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB®) program. In that capacity, she was responsible for candidate matriculation, curriculum development, and the examination process. In addition, she was responsible for the management of the Certified Residential (CMS) and Commercial Certified Mortgage Servicer (CCMS) designations; Certified Residential Underwriter (CRU) designation; and Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation. She also provided oversight on the facilitation of several MBA Education courses, including MBA’s premier classroom program, the School of Mortgage Banking (SOMB).

Later this year, Lawrence will receive an Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching, offered in partnership by Howard University and the Coach Diversity Institute. She is also an active participant in MBA’s DEI internal and external efforts, and serves on MBA’s DEI Advisory Committee.