Member Spotlight

WHF is pleased to feature the WHF Member Spotlight. Each month we will feature a different WHF member.

WHF Member Spotlight – April 2019
Chastity Abrom, Mortgage-Backed Securities Specialist,
Ginnie Mae, Office of Securities Operations

Philadelphia, PA 

Fun Fact
I am an avid Cross Fitter; would you like some Kool-Aid? 

Walk me through your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.  
I started in the Housing Finance industry directly from college through a corporate management program with Countrywide.  For the first ten years of my career, I worked in the private sector with Countrywide, Wells Fargo, and Indymac.  In 2008, I left the private industry for public service with FHA.  For eight years, I worked in the Atlanta Homeownership Center (HOC) in REO, Housing Counseling & Nonprofit oversight, and Processing & Underwriting.  In 2016, I moved to Washington, DC and joined Ginnie Mae.

What do you love most about what you do?
Working directly in the operations of Ginnie Mae's $2 trillion securitization platform facilitates a lot of opportunity. I enjoy my career because I get to wear different hats and work in various disciplines such as  Program & Project Management, Operations, Data, as well as participate in different projects such as RPA design and modernization.

Introduced through CrossFit, I started Olympic Weightlifting (Oly) two years ago. This year I will compete in my first USAW (USA Weightlifting) sanctioned competition.

How long have you been a member of WHF?
I have been an active member for two years. Before that I was an Associate member in Atlanta for a few years.

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I currently serve as a board member of the WHF Foundation, where I am the partner liaison for Trinity University. 

What have you gained from being a member? 
As a member, I have gained a better understanding of the policy and legislative aspects of housing finance.  I also have had the opportunity to meet and network with women across our industry, which in turn has inspired me to step my game up, be vocal, and advocate confidently. 

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I keep a day planner (which is also kind of a hobby) so I am aware of meetings and deliverables due for the week.  I generally start my day by going to the gym at 5 AM.  After I arrive at work, I prioritize my tasks for the day and designate the amount of time I think I need to work on that particular task.  When work is over for the day, I make sure not to bring it home.  I try to keep my work and personal life separate as I believe there must be an adequate work-life balance to be effective. 

Who or what inspires you?
Many people inspire me.  I particularly find inspiration in anyone that overcame the odds and closed doors; however, their tenacity and hard work helped them achieve their goal and more.  Also, the desire to be a little bit better than yesterday inspires me to keep going and do my best. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?
The advice that resonates with me the most is about personal brand and consistency.  A mentor once asked me about my brand, how do I present myself to my peers and industry?  He then asked if I was Walmart, Kmart, or Target. He explained that all three stores were pretty much the same; however, their presentation and public perception is what determined their success or failure.  At the time, I thought it was harsh and that was 20 years ago, but I still carry that conversation with me. 

Who do you look up to the most and why?
In addition to my parents, I look up to Maya Angelou.  I cannot help but marvel at her life and all she accomplished.  Her prose is impeccable, and her wisdom and advice are always appropriate and valid.  I admire her journey from Stamps, Arkansas to singer, actor, poet, and cultural icon. 

I have a quote of hers on my phone, computer, and the wall of my cubicle. It reads, "If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King or Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Theresa or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born, it means so can you".  It is a reminder potential and capabilities are infinite and only limited by the expanse of our dreams.



March 2019 - Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, Federal Housing Administration

February 2019 - Monda Raquel Webb, Consultant, Monda Media LLC 

January 2019 - Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP 

December 2018 - Alma Angotti, Navigant, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Investigations and Compliance

November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

October 2018 - Dionne Joemah, Deputy General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

September 2018 - Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI)

August 2018 - Bernadette Kogler, Co-founder & CEO, RiskSpan; Co-founder, SmartLink Lab

July 2018 - Lawrence Kaplan, Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

April 2018 - Dina Ellis Rochkind, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP

March 2018 - Marti Tirinnanzi, President and CEO, Financial Standards, Inc.

February 2018 - Janis Smith, Board of Governors, National Housing Conference

November 2017 - Mary Pat Denney, Managing Director, Risk Initiative Vertical, The Oakleaf Group

September 2017 - Joanna Girardin Shapiro, Managing Director, Global Client Management, Bank of New York Mellon

July 2017 - Mary Martha Fortney, President, The Fortney Group

June 2017 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown

May 2017 - Lee Ann Hoover, Financial Services Advisory and Compliance, Navigant Inc.

April 2017 - Faith Arnold Schwartz, Chairman, HLP, Principal, HFSS, LLC, Advisor to Accenture Credit Services

March 2017 - Debbie Matz, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Advisory Board OpenDoor Trading LLP