Who we are

Our Team

Our passionate team provides high-quality service that benefits homebuyers, renters, lenders and housing investors. We’ve earned a reputation for superior execution, knowledge and skill. Our experience and commitment fuel our vision and earn the trust of our partners.

We’re the future of mortgage finance, and we’ve built a team that is second to none.

Executive Team

Christopher J. Abate

Chief Executive Officer

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. Mr. Abate is currently Chairman of the Board of Structured Finance Association (a private company). 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.

Dashiell I. Robinson

President

Dashiell I. Robinson has served as 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 holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.

Andrew P. Stone

Chief Legal Officer

Andrew. P. Stone serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary of Redwood Trust, Inc. Mr. Stone has been employed by Redwood since December 2008. Prior to joining Redwood, he served as Deputy General Counsel of Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and between 1996 and 2006 practiced corporate and securities law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. Mr. Stone holds a B.A. in mathematics and history from Kenyon College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Brooke E. Carillo

Chief Financial Officer

Brooke E. Carillo serves as Chief Financial Officer of Redwood Trust, Inc. Prior to joining Redwood in May 2021, Ms. Carillo was employed at Annaly Capital Management, Inc., most recently serving as the Head of Corporate Development and Strategy. In that role, Ms. Carillo led the corporate strategy, capital markets and investor relations departments, and served on the firm's Operating Committee. Prior to her joining Annaly in 2010, Ms. Carillo worked in investment banking within the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Carillo holds a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Sasha G. Macomber

Chief Human Resource Officer

Sasha G. Macomber joined Redwood Trust in April 2018 as Chief Human Resource Officer. Prior to joining Redwood, Ms. Macomber spent eleven years with Peet’s Coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading various aspects of human resources including talent acquisition, talent management, HR business partnerships, employee engagement, and leadership communications. Ms. Macomber has also held HR leadership roles within consumer goods and technology companies, including The North Face, Room & Board, and QRS Corporation. Ms. Macomber has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Mills College and a M.S. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

Board of Directors

Richard D. Baum

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF REDWOOD TRUST
FORMER CHIEF DEPUTY INSURANCE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Richard D. Baum is Chairman of the Board and has been a director of Redwood since 2001. Between 2001 and 2020, Mr. Baum served as President and Managing Partner of Atwater Retirement Village LLC (a private company). From 2008 to mid-2009, Mr. Baum served as Executive Director of the California Commission for Economic Development. He also served as the Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of California from 1991 to 1994 and 2003 to 2007. Mr. Baum served from 1996 to 2003 as the President and CEO of Care West Insurance Company and, prior to 1991, as Senior Vice President of Amfac, Inc., a diversified operating company engaged in various businesses, including real estate development and property management. Mr. Baum holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from the State University of New York, and a J.D. from George Washington University, National Law Center.

Greg H. Kubicek

VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF REDWOOD TRUST
PRESIDENT, THE HOLT GROUP, INC.

Greg H. Kubicek has been a director of Redwood since 2002 and Vice Chairman of the Redwood Board of Directors since December 2020. Mr. Kubicek is President of The Holt Group, Inc., a real estate company and associated funds that purchase, develop, own, and manage real estate properties. Mr. Kubicek has also served as Chairman of the Board of Cascade Corporation, an international manufacturing corporation. Mr. Kubicek holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College.

Christopher J. Abate

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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. Mr. Abate is currently Chairman of the Board of Structured Finance Association (a private company). 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.

Armando Falcon

CEO, FALCON CAPITAL ADVISORS LLC

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 American Stock Transfer and Trust Company and 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

PRIVATE INVESTOR

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 a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Debora D. Horvath

PRINCIPAL, HORVATH CONSULTING LLC

Debora D. Horvath has been a director of Redwood since 2016. Ms. Horvath is Principal of Horvath Consulting LLC, which she founded in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Horvath served as an Executive Vice President for JP Morgan Chase & Co. Ms. Horvath served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Washington Mutual, Inc. from 2004 to 2008. 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, with a major in Accounting, from Baldwin Wallace University.

George W. Madison

MEMBER, MADISON GOVERNANCE ADVISORS, LLC
RETIRED PARTNER, SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP

George W. Madison has been a director of Redwood since July 2020. Mr. Madison is currently the sole member of Madison Governance Advisors LLC, a private corporate governance advisory business. Mr. Madison retired in March 2020, after serving as a partner at Sidley Austin LLP for six years, where he focused on financial institutions regulation and corporate governance issues on behalf of domestic and foreign financial firms and technology companies. Between April 2009 and June 2012, Mr. Madison served as the 30th General Counsel and chief law officer of the US Department of the Treasury and as a senior policy advisor and senior counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. Prior to April 2009, Mr. Madison served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TIAA-CREF and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Comerica Incorporated. Before working at TIAA and Comerica, Mr. Madison was a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP, and was the first African-American partner in the then 120-year history of the firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Madison was associated with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati. Mr. Madison holds a B.S. from New York University's Stern School of Business, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was the 2011 keynote commencement speaker.

Jeffrey T. Pero

RETIRED PARTNER, LATHAM & WATKINS LLP

Jeffrey T. Pero has been a director of Redwood since November 2009. Mr. Pero retired in October 2009, after serving as a partner for more than 23 years, from the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. At Latham & Watkins LLP, Mr. Pero’s practice focused on advising clients regarding corporate governance matters, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with U.S. securities laws; Mr. Pero also served in various firm management positions. Mr. Pero served on the Board of Directors of BRE Properties, Inc. from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Pero holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Georganne C. Proctor

FORMER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, TIAA-CREF

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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blucora, Inc., serving as Blucora’s Board Chair. Ms. Proctor previously 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

President

Dashiell I. Robinson has served as 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 holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.

Faith A. Schwartz

PRESIDENT, HOUSING FINANCE STRATEGIES, LLC

Faith A. Schwartz has been a director of Redwood since March 2021. Ms. Schwartz is the President 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 Board of Directors of Gateway First Bank, as well as on the boards of several other privately held mortgage industry-focused companies, including FormFree Holdings Corporation and Class Valuation LLC. 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 2006 to 2009, Ms. Schwartz served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and in 2010 she 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.

Leadership Team

Residential Leadership Team

Fred J. Matera

Fred Matera is a Managing Director and Head of Residential at Redwood Trust. He previously served as a Redwood board member from March 2019 to December 2020. Prior to that, Fred was co-founder of MoVi Partners, an advisory firm focused on the fintech industry, and President of EquiFi Corporation. During 2008-2016, Fred held several leadership positions with Redwood, including Chief Investment Officer and Head of Commercial. He has more than 30 years’ experience at top financial and mortgage banking firms, serving in senior-level positions. Fred has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tufts University, and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carlene A. Graham

Carlene Graham is the Chief Operating Officer of Redwood’s Residential Business. She joined the firm as a Vice President in 2013 and has held a number of roles across the organization since then, most recently as Managing Director of Purchase Operations. In her role, Carlene is responsible for all purchase activities within Redwood’s Residential business including underwriting, system and process design, transaction management, counterparty risk, vendor management, funding and client services. She is currently a board member for The Gathering Place in Denver, CO.

Jonathan M. Groesbeck

Jon Groesbeck is a Managing Director and Head of Business Development at Redwood Trust, where he has been since 2009. In his role, he manages all business development functions related to the seller relationships facing the Redwood residential conduit, as well as several important whole loans and securitization investors relationships that purchase loans from the residential conduit. Jon has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A from the University of Southern California.

Shawnda D. Merriman

Shawnda Merriman is a Managing Director overseeing Redwood’s Residential Post Purchase Operations function. Shawnda joined Redwood in 2015 and she is responsible for all post purchase activities including loan set-up, trailing loan documents, servicing oversight and portfolio analysis. She has 30 years’ experience as a management-level professional, supervising residential servicing, master servicing, compliance and risk management. Shawnda is currently a board member for The Gathering Place in Denver, CO.

Jeremy P. Strom

Jeremy Strom is a Managing Director for Redwood’s Residential Capital Markets group. In his role, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the Company’s funding and investment strategy for the mortgage conduit including trading, interest rate risk management, pricing, and Sequoia securitizations. Prior to joining Redwood in 2013, Jeremy served in various capital markets roles at Aurora Bank FSB (a Lehman Brother’s subsidiary). Jeremy holds a bachelor’s in Business Management from Clark University.

Business Purpose Lending Leadership Team

Elizabeth A. O'Brien

Beth O’Brien joined Redwood Trust in October 2019 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood’s acquisition of CoreVest, an originator of business purpose mortgage loans. Beth is the Founder of CoreVest American Finance and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. She has nearly 30 years of experience in almost every aspect of the mortgage industry, as both a principal and an advisor. She has overseen approximately $20 billion in transactions and was named one of Housing Wire’s 2018 and 2014 Women of Influence, Mortgage Professionals America’s Elite Women in mortgages in both 2016 and 2017 and Most Powerful Women in Mortgage Finance for 2018 and Globe Street’s 2016 Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate. Previously, Beth was Executive Vice President at Auction.com, where she ran residential capital markets, and was President of AuctionFinance.com. She also held prior positions in RMBS trading and securitization at Citigroup and in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs. Beth holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center.

J. Christopher Hoeffel

Chris Hoeffel joined Redwood Trust in October 2019 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood’s acquisition of CoreVest, an originator of business purpose mortgage loans. Mr. Hoeffel also serves as President of CoreVest American Finance. He has more than 30 years of experience at top financial institutions and remains active in the finance industry where he is on the board of, and was a former president of, the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (now CREFC) and held leadership roles at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Prior to CoreVest, Mr. Hoeffel was Managing Director at Investcorp, where he was head of Real Estate Debt Investments. He joined Investcorp from JP Morgan/Bear Stearns where he was Senior Managing Director and global co-head of Commercial Mortgages. He also held prior positions at Eastdil and Walker & Dunlop. Mr. Hoeffel holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

J. Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride joined Redwood Trust in October 2019 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood’s acquisition of CoreVest, an originator of business purpose mortgage loans. Mr. McBride also serves as Chief Operating Officer of CoreVest American Finance and Chief Investment Officer of RWT Horizons. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and finance, previously serving as an Executive Vice President for Colony American Homes where he was a co-founder and responsible for the company’s overall acquisition efforts. Notably, he oversaw the purchase of more than 20,000 residential investment homes. Prior to joining Colony American Homes, Mr. McBride was Senior Managing Director at Carrington Investment Services, where he was responsible for its single-family residential rental strategy and capital formation. Mr. McBride also worked in investment banking for over a dozen years, most of this time with JP Morgan. Mr. McBride received an MBA in Finance from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BBA in Finance from The College of William and Mary.

Corporate Leadership Team

Nathan S. Charles

Nathan Charles is Managing Director – Application Development and Support at Redwood Trust. Nathan joined Redwood in 2014 and is responsible for setting the direction for all SDLC methodologies, coding standards, tools, automation, software platform direction, and deployment processes for all technology teams. Prior to joining Redwood, Nathan held positions at Promontory Financial Group, LLC and CGI, where he was responsible for client technology solutions, software development, offshore management, and client and employee coaching. Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Technology / Computer Science from James Madison University.

Collin L. Cochrane

Collin L. Cochrane serves as Chief Accounting Officer of Redwood Trust, Inc. Mr. Cochrane also served as Redwood’s Chief Financial Officer from September 2017 to May 2021. From March 2013 to September 2017, he served as Controller and Managing Director. Prior to joining Redwood in 2013, Mr. Cochrane served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for iStar Financial Inc., where he was employed from 2001 to March 2013. Prior to joining iStar Financial, Mr. Cochrane was employed as an auditor by Ernst & Young LLP from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Cochrane is a certified public accountant (inactive) and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California.

Andrew M. Gillmer

Andrew Gillmer is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Redwood Trust. He joined Redwood in 2005 and has also served as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. In his role, Andrew is responsible for managing the firm’s investment portfolio; overseeing credit and structure analysis, hedging, pricing and trading functions; and managing the financing agreement and structured solutions for the portfolio. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Newcastle (Australia), an M.B.A in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and is a chartered financial analyst.

John H. Isbrandtsen

John Isbrandtsen is a Managing Director and Treasurer of Redwood Trust. Since joining the firm in 1999, over the last 20 years he has overseen various rolls including technology, operations, and capital markets as well as managing the residential conduit. John directed the development and implementation of the residential conduit in 2001 and more recently the jumbo and conforming conduit in 2009. He has over 30 years of experience in the mortgage lending and banking industry. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Babson College.

Petra Mikesova-Mojabi

Petra Mikesova-Mojabi is a Managing Director and Chief Internal Auditor at Redwood Trust, where she has been since 2006. In her role, Petra leads internal audit initiatives related to risk assessment and annual planning, audit execution, audit reporting, audit technology, Audit Committee reporting, as well as the recruitment and professional development of audit staff. She has a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and completed an executive leadership program from the University of Texas at Austin.

David P. Monks

David Monks is a Managing Director of Finance at Redwood Trust. Since joining in 2006, he has held a number of finance and accounting positions across the firm. In his role, David is responsible for managing the financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnerships functions at Redwood. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Dublin City University in Ireland and is a CFA charter holder.

Matthew J. Pope

Matthew J. Pope joined Redwood in May 2013 and is currently Managing Director – Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Pope is responsible for a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters at Redwood, including capital markets activities, secured financing transactions of mortgage loans and securities, M&A, portfolio investments and strategic partnership activities, and public company corporate governance matters. Additionally, Mr. Pope participates in the management of the firm’s compliance and risk management infrastructure. Prior to joining Redwood, Mr. Pope was an associate in the San Francisco and Menlo Park offices of Latham & Watkins LLP, with a practice specializing in financing emerging and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and corporate governance. Mr. Pope holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

J. Thomas Richardson

Thomas joined Redwood Trust in 2014 as the Chief Technology Officer. In his role, he is responsible for all aspects of technology within the organization, including applications, security, networks, servers, IT risk/compliance, and service desk. Thomas began his career in technology working for a series of small, fast-growing start-up companies focused on telecon and finance, and most recently served as Chief Technology Officer of Bank of America’s mortgage division. Thomas holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Denver. He also has completed a technology executive leadership program from the University of Virginia.

Lucy D. Ruiz

Lucy Ruiz is a Managing Director and Corporate Controller at Redwood Trust. She joined the firm in 2007 and has served in a number of accounting roles across Redwood since then, including Senior Accountant, Loan Accounting Manager, and Assistant Controller. In her role, Lucy is responsible for the oversight of the accounting and reporting functions of the company. Lucy holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master of Accountancy degree from Golden Gate University.

Shoshone ("Bo") A. Stern

Bo Stern serves as Head of Portfolio Strategy and Risk for Redwood Trust, Inc. Mr. Stern joined Redwood in 2003, and most recently served the Company’s Chief Investment Officer. He previously served as Redwood’s Treasurer from December 2009 to August 2016, and as Managing Director from December 2007 to December 2009. From February 2003 to December 2007, Mr. Stern served in several other management positions at Redwood. Prior to joining Redwood, Mr. Stern was employed by CIBC Oppenheimer in its investment banking group. Mr. Stern holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University; he is also a CFA Charterholder.

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