Regina Lowrie: A Leading Force for Gender Equality In Mortgage Banking
It was the early 1990s, and Regina Lowrie—passionate about the American Dream of homeownership—had hit the glass ceiling at the savings & loan where she had helped build the financial institution’s mortgage business.
The experience propelled her to put together a business plan and start Gateway Diversified Funding in 1994 with several partners. When she sold her interest in 2006, the lender and Fannie Mae partner had expanded into a national footprint with about $3.2 billion a year in mortgage production.
That’s only the start of her trailblazing. Lowrie served as the first woman chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) in 2006. In 2014, she formed RML Advisors, a mortgage banking consultancy focused on risk management and strategic support.
Lowrie spoke with The Home Story recently about the positive changes that have occurred for women in the mortgage industry since she started out in the business more than 30 years ago.