She stands among the most powerful women in banking, according to American Banker. She’s also been named a top 100 leading female executive by Automotive News and listed among the top most influential blacks in corporate America by Savoy magazine. And her roots can be traced back to Arlington, Texas, where she moved with her family as a child. She also went to the University of Houston, where she honed her leadership skills.
At UH, she earned two undergraduate degrees and scored an internship at Fannie Mae, where she’d later work to boost homeownership among African-Americans and Hispanics as director of emerging markets.