March 2024 Investor Day Recap

We separate the Chair and Chief Executive Officer roles. The Chair of the Board of Directors presides over meetings of the Board and serves as a liaison between the Board and management of Redwood.

Each member of our Board of Directors must exhibit high standards of integrity, commitment, and independence of thought and judgment, and must be committed to promoting the best interests of Redwood. Most of the directors on the Board are independent, and each of the Audit, Compensation, and Governance and Nominating Committees are comprised solely of independent directors. Our Governance Standards provide that the members of our Board should collectively possess a broad range of talent, skill, expertise, background and life experience useful to effective oversight of our business and affairs and sufficient to provide sound and prudent guidance with respect to our operations and interests. The Board considers diversity as broadly construed to mean a variety of identities, perspectives, personal and professional experiences and backgrounds. This can be represented in characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and sexual orientation.

Our Board evaluates its performance through annual self-assessments at the Board and Committee levels, as well as through annual individual director self-assessments that include one-on-one meetings conducted by the Chair with each of the other directors. The Chair is evaluated by the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. These self-assessments include analysis of the effectiveness of the Board, its Committees and its directors, how they are functioning and areas of potential improvement.

Non-employee directors are required to purchase from their own funds at least $50,000 of our common stock within three years from the date of commencement of their Board membership. They also are required to own at least $450,000 of our common stock within five years of joining the Board.

Our Code provides a framework for operating standards and business ethics at Redwood and outlines what we expect of officers, directors and employees. We prohibit conflicts of interest and require fair dealing and confidentiality. We require employees, officers, and directors to report illegal or unethical behavior, including violations of applicable law or the Code of Ethics. Our employee ethics and compliance hotline allows Redwood employees to confidentially and anonymously voice concerns regarding violations of the law or Redwood’s Code of Ethics, including workplace harassment, or questionable accounting or auditing matters.

Governance Overview

Redwood’s Board of Directors and senior management team are committed to effective corporate governance. To achieve this, the Board maintains three standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Compensation Committee. The Board and its three committees conduct regularly scheduled meetings and may also hold special meetings, to review key business initiatives and opportunities. We also have a Code of Ethics and a set of Corporate Governance Standards that provide a framework for operating standards and ethics at Redwood outlining what we expect of all our officers, directors, and employees. Good corporate governance is not simply corporate compliance; it is also maintaining practices that represent strong business ethics.

The Board has the following three Committees, all of which are comprised solely of independent (non-employee) directors:

  • The Audit Committee provides assistance to Redwood’s directors and management in fulfilling their responsibility to the stockholders, potential stockholders, and the investment community relating to corporate accounting, reporting practices of Redwood, the quality and integrity of the financial reports and controls of Redwood, the auditors’ qualifications and independence, the performance of the auditors and internal audit function, and the compliance by Redwood with legal and regulatory matters.
  • The Governance and Nominating Committee considers and develops governance principles for the Company and establishes the requirements and qualifications for members of the Board. In consultation with the Chair, the committee recommends candidates for election to the Company’s Board of Directors.
  • The Compensation Committee has oversight responsibility for the compensation and benefit programs for executive officers and other employees, and advises the Board on director compensation.

The Company’s Code of Ethics sets forth the guiding principles of business ethics and certain legal requirements applicable to our Board of Directors and all employees. Anyone can report an ethics or compliance concern or violation by calling our Ethics and Compliance Hotline at 800-743-4706.

The Company’s Corporate Governance Standards set forth the guiding principles of the responsibilities of the Board of Directors.

The Company’s Policy Regarding Majority Voting sets forth policies relating to majority voting for Directors in uncontested elections.

Chair
Member
Chairman of the board
Financial expert
Board Members Audit Compensation Governance & Nominating

Greg H. Kubicek  

Compensation
Governance & Nominating

Christopher J. Abate

Doneene K. Damon

Compensation
Governance & Nominating

Armando Falcon

Audit
Governance & Nominating

Douglas B. Hansen

Debora D. Horvath  

Audit
Compensation

Georganne C. Proctor  

Audit
Compensation

Dashiell I. Robinson

Faith A. Schwartz

Audit
Governance & Nominating
Greg H. Kubicek

Greg H. Kubicek

Greg H. Kubicek is Chair of the Board, having previously served as Vice Chair of the Board from December 2020 to May 2022. Mr. Kubicek has been a director of Redwood since 2002. After serving as Founder and CEO of The Holt Group, Inc. for 41 years, Mr. Kubicek was appointed CEO of GHK Enterprises, Inc. following Sekisui House’s acquisition of The Holt Group, Inc., a real estate company and its associated funds that purchase, develop, own, and manage real estate properties. Mr. Kubicek has also served as Chair of the Board of Cascade Corporation, an international manufacturing corporation. Mr. Kubicek holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.

Christopher J. Abate

Christopher J. Abate

Christopher J. Abate has served as Chief Executive Officer since May 2018 and as a director since December 2017. Mr. Abate has been employed with Redwood since April 2006, previously serving as Redwood’s President from July 2016 to May 2018, Chief Financial Officer from March 2012 to August 2017, and Controller from January 2009 to March 2013. From October 2019 to December 2021, Mr. Abate served as Chair of the Board of Structured Finance Association. Before joining Redwood, Mr. Abate was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He holds a B.A. in accounting and finance from Western Michigan University, an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.

Doneene K. Damon

Doneene K. Damon

Doneene K. Damon has been a director of Redwood since November 2023. Ms. Damon is a practicing attorney as a Director of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. (“RLF”), a multidisciplinary law firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, which she joined in 1992. Ms. Damon served as the President of RLF from 2019 to 2022, and currently serves as chair of the firm’s Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group and as Chief Diversity Director.  Ms. Damon also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brown Advisory Delaware Trust Company and as a board member of the Structured Finance Association, the Forum of Executive Women and the Delaware Business Roundtable.  Ms. Damon’s commitment to public service and nonprofit organizations includes current or past service as a member of Delaware’s Judicial Nominating Commission, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, and the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project. Ms. Damon previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Christiana Care Health System, Inc. and Health Services, Inc., and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s University and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Ms. Damon holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a J.D. from Temple University’s School of Law. 
Armando Falcon

Armando Falcon

Armando Falcon has been a director of Redwood since March 2021. Mr. Falcon is CEO of Falcon Capital Advisors LLC, a management consulting firm based in Washington, DC, that provides strategic advice and technical assistance to financial services companies, mortgage industry companies, and government agencies on matters involving process reengineering, project management, regulatory compliance, and data analytics, which he founded in 2007. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, and as the General Counsel for the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Falcon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Structured Finance Association. Mr. Falcon also serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Mr. Falcon holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

Douglas B. Hansen

Douglas B. Hansen

Douglas B. Hansen is a co-founder of Redwood and served as Redwood’s President from 1994 through 2008. Mr. Hansen retired from his position as President of Redwood at the end of 2008. Mr. Hansen has been a director of Redwood since 1994. Mr. Hansen serves on the Board of Directors of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Mr. Hansen also serves on the board of River of Knowledge, a not-for-profit institution. Mr. Hansen holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Debora D. Horvath

Debora D. Horvath

Debora D. Horvath has been a director of Redwood since 2016. Ms. Horvath is Principal of Horvath Consulting LLC, which she founded in 2010. Ms. Horvath served as an Executive Vice President for JP Morgan Chase & Co. from 2008 to 2010. Ms. Horvath served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Washington Mutual, Inc. (“WaMu”) from 2004 to 2008. In addition to being the technology leader at WaMu, Ms. Horvath was responsible for the Enterprise Project Office and was Chair of WaMu’s Environmental Council. Ms. Horvath, a 25-year veteran from General Electric Company (“GE”), served 12 years as a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the GE insurance businesses. Ms. Horvath has been a Director of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. since 2013. She was a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle from 2012 to January 2014. Ms. Horvath holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP).

Georganne C. Proctor

Georganne C. Proctor

Georganne C. Proctor has been a director of Redwood since March 2006. Ms. Proctor is the former Chief Financial Officer of TIAA-CREF, and served in that position from June 2006 to July 2010. Additionally, Ms. Proctor served jointly as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Enterprise Integration at TIAA-CREF from January 2010 to July 2010. From July 2010 to October 2010, she continued to serve as Executive Vice President for Enterprise Integration at TIAA-CREF. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Proctor was Executive Vice President of Golden West Financial Corporation, a thrift institution. From 1994 to 1997, Ms. Proctor was Vice President of Bechtel Group, a global engineering firm, and also served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2002 and as a director from 1999 to 2002. From 1991 to 1994, Ms. Proctor served as finance director of certain divisions of The Walt Disney Company, a diversified worldwide entertainment company. Ms. Proctor previously served as Chair of Avantax Inc.’s Board of Directors from July 2019 to November 2023. She also served on the Board of Directors of Sculptor Capital Management, Inc. from 2011-2021, Kaiser Aluminum Corporation from 2006 to 2009 and SunEdison, Inc. from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Proctor holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of South Dakota and an M.B.A. from California State University East Bay.

Dashiell I. Robinson

Dashiell I. Robinson

Dashiell I. Robinson has served as Redwood’s President since December 2017 and as a director since August 2021. Prior to joining Redwood in September 2017, Mr. Robinson was employed at Wells Fargo Securities, serving as the Head of Mortgage Finance within the Asset-Backed Finance Group. In that role, Mr. Robinson led a team of banking professionals responsible for financing and distributing an array of residential mortgage products and serving a broad suite of the firm's operating and investing clients. Prior to his employment at Wells Fargo, Mr. Robinson was employed within the Structured Credit Products Group at Wachovia Capital Markets from 2001 to 2008, serving in banking, structuring and risk mitigation roles. Mr. Robinson also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Mr. Robinson holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.

Faith A. Schwartz

Faith A. Schwartz

Faith A. Schwartz has been a director of Redwood since March 2021. Ms. Schwartz is the Founder and CEO of Housing Finance Strategies, LLC, a professional services and advisory practice focusing on capital markets, rating agencies, and mortgage modernization and innovation, which she founded in 2016. Ms. Schwartz currently serves on the boards of several privately held mortgage industry-focused companies, including Class Valuation LLC. From June 2019 to June 2024, Ms. Schwartz served on the Board of Directors of Gateway First Bank. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Schwartz served as Senior Vice President of Federal Practice of CoreLogic, Inc., a provider of property information, insight, analytics and data-enabled solutions. She is also the founder of HOPE NOW Alliance, a public-private initiative launched in 2007 to seek solutions for American families facing foreclosure during the Great Recession. Ms. Schwartz also previously served as Senior Vice President of Government, Housing, and Industry at Option One Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of H&R Block, from 2003 to 2007 and as Director of Alternative Markets and Director of National Sales at Freddie Mac between 1997 and 2003. From October 2021 to October 2023, Ms. Schwartz served on the Consumer Advisory Board for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). She also previously served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. In 2010, Ms. Schwartz founded HOPE LoanPort, a technology non-profit organization that helps families reach and sustain their goal of homeownership. She started her career at Dominion Bancshares Mortgage Company as Vice President of Capital Markets and Wholesale Lending. Ms. Schwartz holds a B.S. from Shippensburg State College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

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