Team Affordable Spotlight

Here are a few of the many experts, projects, and focus areas that make up Team Affordable at Fannie Mae. Because to make lasting and sustainable change, we all need to work together.

Jonathan Lawless

Jonathan Lawless

Vice President for Product Development and Affordable Housing

Fannie Mae

Jonathan Lawless, Fannie Mae’s Product Development and Affordable Housing Vice President, is driving innovation in the mortgage industry to expand access to credit and affordable housing. Lawless leads development of “test and learn” initiatives to address changing market needs and helps develop other creative solutions to support lenders.

Lawless has led the development of several key Fannie Mae initiatives—including HomeReady®, the company’s flagship affordability product. He designed and implemented several programs that address a variety of housing issues through partnerships with numerous institutions across the country. Additionally, Lawless worked with 2Seeds Network, a non-profit group involved in agricultural development in East Africa.

“Everyone should have access to clear and unbiased information about what it takes to buy and own a home. By making an informed decision on housing, people can build better lives for their families with stronger ties to their community and an opportunity to build long-term wealth.”

– Jonathan Lawless

Check out some of the ways Jonathan and team are tackling housing affordability:

Sarah Edelman

Director, Affordable Housing Strategy

Fannie Mae

Sarah Edelman is the Director of the Affordable Housing Strategy at Fannie Mae. Through this role, Edelman is a leader in the charge to mine data and create solutions that will ultimately make housing more affordable for more people.

Before joining Fannie Mae, Edelman led housing policy at the Center for American Progress where she focused on promoting access to affordable housing. Early in her career, Edelman served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Philadelphia.

“By better understanding the unique needs and challenges of homebuyers in underserved markets, we can help innovate and create sustainable homeownership opportunities for generations to come.”

– Sarah Edelman

Check out some of the ways Sarah and team are tackling housing affordability:

Sharmila Srivastav

Director, Product Management and Affordable Housing

Fannie Mae

Sharmila Srivastav is the Director of Product Management and Affordable Housing, Single Family Business at Fannie Mae. She is responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of mortgage solutions designed to serve customer needs and to expand access to credit and affordable housing.

Srivastav’s responsibilities have included development of strategic plans for mortgage products, financial analysis and forecasting, and customer needs assessment for underserved housing markets. She is committed to forging new and innovative paths towards a more affordable housing marketplace.

“We are committed to providing financing for a variety of affordable housing options, including manufactured homes. And we'll continue working with our partners to expand access to homeownership opportunities in every market, every day.”

– Sharmila Srivastav

Check out some of the ways Sharmila and team are tackling housing affordability: