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. 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.

Dashiell I. Robinson

President

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.

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

Greg H. Kubicek

CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF REDWOOD TRUST
FOUNDER AND CEO, THE HOLT GROUP, INC.

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. 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 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

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. 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.

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 an A.B. 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 also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. (HNAH), an intermediate bank holding company of HSBC Holdings plc, and of HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (HBUS). 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 U.S. 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.

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 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

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 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. As of October 2021, Ms. Schwartz serves on the Consumer Advisory Board for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, CFPB). She previously 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.

Emil J. Fanelli

Emil Fanelli is a Managing Director of Business Development at Redwood Trust. In his role, Mr. Fanelli is responsible for oversight of business development activities with a primary focus on relationship management for approved and prospective sellers within Redwood’s Residential business. Prior to joining Redwood in 2013, Mr. Fanelli held key capital markets officer positions at the Bank of New York, and Morgan Stanley Capital Corporation. Mr. Fanelli earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge.

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 and serves as an advisory committee member for the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

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.

Cara L. Newman

Cara Newman is Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance and Deputy General Counsel for Redwood’s Residential business. In this role, Ms. Newman oversees execution of new-issue Sequoia RMBS and contract finance matters relating to the acquisition and disposition of residential mortgage loans. Prior to joining Redwood in 2018, Ms. Newman served as internal counsel to HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.’s global asset-backed finance businesses, where she gained extensive experience with ABS, RMBS, covered bonds and other financing structures. Ms. Newman began her career in Mayer Brown LLP’s New York office, where her practice was concentrated in structured finance transactions. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and Art History from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

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.

Bradley K. Chmura

Brad Chmura is Chief Operating Officer for CoreVest where he is responsible for design, implementation and oversight of CoreVest’s business operations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Chmura was Senior Vice President of Production at CoreVest where he was responsible for overseeing the national production team and growing the company’s customer base. Prior to CoreVest, Mr. Chmura spent almost 10 years as a mortgage broker at Miner Kennedy Chmura Associates and also held the role of President of the mortgage banking group at Forthright Funding. In addition to these roles, Mr. Chmura also spent time at CoreLogic and First American where he was responsible for building and running global sales teams nationwide for some of the largest real estate data providers. Mr. Chmura has over 20 years in the real estate and finance industry and holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Arizona State University.

Emilian Halloran

Emilian Halloran joined CoreVest in July 2022 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood Trust’s acquisition of Riverbend Lending, a best in class private lender to investors. Mr. Halloran is one of the founding members of Riverbend Lending. Prior to Riverbend Lending, Mr. Halloran was one of the founding principals of 643 Capital Management (later branded as Dwell Capital), where he built and ran the firm’s debt platform. Mr. Halloran also served as Vice President in Wells Fargo Bank’s real estate capital markets group, where he was responsible for originating, underwriting and managing acquisition and construction financing on commercial properties. Mr. Halloran received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

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.

Micaela M. Lumpkin

Micaela Lumpkin is Chief Credit Officer at CoreVest. In this role Ms. Lumpkin is responsible for oversight and administration of CoreVest’s credit practices, loan policies and procedures. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lumpkin was Managing Director, Head of Term Loans at CoreVest, where she was responsible for managing the operations of term financing products. Prior to joining CoreVest, Ms. Lumpkin spent almost ten years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a Senior Associate, practicing in the Real Estate and Finance group, where she focused on the acquisition of distressed debt, as well as both mortgage and mezzanine financing. Ms. Lumpkin received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Michael T. Minck

Michael Minck serves as Managing Director, Legal and Compliance for CoreVest. In his role, Mr. Minck is responsible for building and leading the Legal Department in its effort to provide legal support to the various business units, as well as managing the internal legal and litigation matters for CoreVest. Prior to joining CoreVest in 2018, Mr. Minck spent 15 years in various legal and general counsel roles across the residential lending sector, supervising legal and compliance obligations for retail origination platforms. He holds a J.D. from Whittier Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine.

Michael H. Peerson

Michael Peerson is Chief Investment Officer at CoreVest. In this role, he is responsible for leading capital markets initiatives for the company. Prior to joining CoreVest in 2022, Mr. Peerson was a Director at Wells Fargo Securities, where he traded non-Agency MBS securities. In that role, Mr. Peerson was a market-maker providing liquidity, assessing relative value, and managing risk across multiple non-Agency MBS securities and subsectors. While at Wells Fargo Securities, Mr. Peerson also held positions trading CMBS, Consumer ABS, and Agency MBS. Before joining the trading group at Wells Fargo Securities, Mr. Peerson was a Collateral Manager for an actively managed CRE CDO. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mr. Peerson worked in investment banking within the Debt Capital Markets Group at Wachovia Securities. Mr. Peerson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Finance from the University of Florida and is a CFA Charterholder.

Tuan Q. Pham

Tuan Pham is Chief Marketing Officer at CoreVest. In this role, he is responsible for leading the overall marketing strategy, branding and lead generation efforts for CoreVest. Prior to joining CoreVest in 2016, Mr. Pham lead high performance marketing teams and programs for a variety of firms, from rising tech startups to established Fortune 500 companies in the real estate and finance space. His roles since 2001 include: Vice President of Marketing at RealtyMogul, an online marketplace for real estate investing; Director of Investor Marketing for a private REIT; National Marketing and Business Development for CBRE, a leading commercial real estate group; and Executive Director for a niche marketing agency that represented finance brands. Mr. Pham currently serves on the exploratory committee for RWT Horizons as well as the advisory board of the Customer Experience Program for Rutgers University and the University of California Irvine. Mr. Pham holds BA and MBA degrees in Creative Writing and Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Sean Robbins

Sean Robbins joined CoreVest in July 2022 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood Trust’s acquisition of Riverbend Lending, a best in class private lender to investors. Mr. Robbins is one of the founding members of Riverbend Lending and also oversaw business development and loan growth for the company. Prior to Riverbend Lending, Mr. Robbins founded four private real estate investment funds. Mr. Robbins graduated from U.C.L.A with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting/Public Policy.

George R. Younes

George Younes is Managing Director and Head of CoreVest’s Asset Management division. Mr. Younes combines more than twenty-five years of commercial and residential real estate asset management with a well demonstrated ability to recruit and lead Special Assets teams for commercial banks, thrifts and commercial mortgage bankers. Mr. Younes has managed large teams of commercial loan servicing staff as well as large teams of commercial and residential loan special credits/special assets, commercial loan closing, and construction loan and commercial and residential loan administration operations staff. Mr. Younes’ Asset Management experience includes managing performing and non-performing loans against commercial and residential properties located across the U.S. for Aurora Bank (formerly known as Lehman Brothers Bank), for nearly seven years, and Washington Mutual Bank for over 12 years. Mr. Younes has direct experience with commercial/corporate real estate pricing and sales as well as complex loan workouts/restructures. In addition, Mr. Younes brings significant reporting experience with the capital markets teams, investor community and rating agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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.

RWT Horizons

J. Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride is Chief Investment Officer of RWT Horizons. In this role, Mr. McBride is responsible for developing and executing on RWT Horizons’ investment and operational strategy, including capital deployment, strategic partnerships and other capital formation activities. Mr. McBride joined Redwood Trust in October 2019 as a Managing Director in connection with Redwood’s acquisition of CoreVest American Finance Lender, LLC (“CoreVest”) where he was a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. McBride 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 single-family residential investment homes. Mr. McBride also worked in investment banking for over a dozen years, most of this time at 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.

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