FHFA Announces Personnel Changes

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced two personnel updates, as Anne Marie Pippin has been selected to serve as the Deputy Director for the Division of Conservatorship, Oversight, and Readiness (DCOR); and Anju Vajja, Ph.D., has been named Deputy Director for the Division of Research and Statistics.

Anne Marie Pippin

Pippin has more than 13 years of public sector experience in mortgage finance, innovation, risk management and controls, and corporate governance. She joined FHFA in 2017 and most recently served as Associate Director of the Office of Governance and Strategic Initiatives and Office of Financial Technology in DCOR. In this role she was responsible for leading and coordinating Agency efforts to understand technology-driven developments in housing finance, addressing emerging risks and advancing Agency priorities related to the responsible adoption and deployment of financial technology, as well as overseeing governance and strategic initiatives related to the conservatorship of the Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).

“With her extensive experience in mortgage finance, innovation, risk management, and corporate governance, Anne Marie’s leadership has been exemplary in every way,” said FHFA Director Sandra Thompson. “I look forward to her continued leadership in this role.”

Previously in FHFA, Pippin served as Governance Branch Manager and as an Examiner within the Division of Enterprise Regulation with broad coverage of governance topics, including corporate governance, model governance, artificial intelligence and machine learning risk management, and enterprise-wide risk management. She co-wrote the FHFA Advisory Bulletin 2022-02, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Risk Management, and wrote the FHFA Advisory Bulletin 2020-06, Enterprise Risk Management Program.

Prior to joining FHFA, Pippin served in various risk management and governance functions in the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Pippin also served as an analyst on climate risk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2012. Pippin is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she holds a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and undergraduate business degree.

Anju Vajja, Ph.D.

Vajja oversees the production of FHFA’s House Price Index, National Mortgage Database (NMDB), Uniform Appraisal Dataset, and several other mortgage and housing data systems at FHFA. She is FHFA’s Research Officer and is responsible for research in housing, mortgage markets, and real estate. She oversees FHFA’s data governance and Climate and ESG coordination work. Vajja previously served as Principal Advisor to the Deputy Director and Principal Associate Director in DRS and Associate Director in FHFA’s Division of Housing Mission and Goals (DHMG).

“Anju’s experience in overseeing the research, analysis, and data governance work of the Division of Research and Statistics, and its production of FHFA’s House Price Index, National Mortgage Database, Uniform Appraisal Dataset, is a tremendous asset to DRS and the Agency,” added Thompson.

Prior to joining DHMG, Vajja served as Managing Economist in FHFA’s Division of Bank Regulation (DBR), where she led a team of economists and financial analysts. She was responsible for targeted credit and collateral risk examinations to support the FHFA’s examinations of the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks). While in DBR, Vajja also led a team of financial analysts who evaluated the financial condition and performance of the FHLBanks.

Prior to joining FHFA, Vajja worked at the World Bank evaluating community development initiatives. Vajja also taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct Professor. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University, her MA from Delhi School of Economics, and her BS in economics from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, India.

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Eric C. Peck has 25-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, most recently serving as Editor-in-Chief for National Mortgage Professional Magazine. He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books, and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.
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