FHFA Announces New Staff Appointments

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Debra Chew has been named Deputy Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) and will continue to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Fairness (OEOF).

“Debra’s work in EEO, and her vast experience in diversity, inclusion, and civil rights, have immensely enhanced the culture and daily work of the Agency,” said FHFA Director Sandra Thompson. “I look forward to the indispensable perspectives she will bring to the FHFA Leadership team.”

OEOF was established in January 2020 to highlight the importance of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Alternative Dispute Resolution, and anti-harassment operations within FHFA and to underline the organization’s commitment to a harassment-free workplace.

OMWI is in charge of all diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility activities for the agency in management, employment, and business activities, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) regulation and supervision of FHFA’s regulated entities, which include both the Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Debra Chew

Debra Chew is a 25-year veteran practitioner in EEO, diversity, and civil rights. She came to FHFA from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she served as the Director for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion since 2012. Prior to NIH, she served as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the Internal Revenue service and led a staff of 1,600 human capital professionals across the country. She held a similar diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility-focused leadership position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Prior to FDA, she served as a senior staff attorney at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Business and Administrative Law Division where she litigated EEO complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and personnel litigation before the Merit Systems Protections Board. While at the FDA, she was awarded the Health and Human Services Award for Excellence in Management, the highest award for leadership at the Department. She is a licensed attorney who practiced in the areas of employment discrimination and medical malpractice defense both for governmental and private entities. Chew graduated from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.​

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Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for MortgagePoint (formerly DS News and MReport) with more than eight years of writing and editing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is a jazz aficionado, Harry Potter fanatic, and likes to read. She can be reached at demetria.lester@thefivestar.com.
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