Tai Christensen Named Chair Of California MBA DE&I Committee

Arrive Home’s president has been named chair of the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Tai Christensen will share the role with the current vice-chair of the committee, Stephanie Whittenberg.

The two will work to promote diversity and inclusion in the mortgage lending world. This has been a priority for the group since it first launched its DE&I Committee in 2021.

“I am excited to continue to assist the CMBA’s efforts to promote diversity in the mortgage industry,” Christensen said. “As someone who has dedicated much of their career to helping bridge the homeownership gap in underserved communities, I am eager to initiate more conversations about how industry leaders can effectuate this much-needed change and help advance the future of this profession.”

Christensen is the co-founder and president of Arrive Home, an affordable housing program offering down payment assistance and alternative credit solutions to underserved borrowers across the country.

Previously, she served as director of government affairs and DE&I for CBC Mortgage.

Christensen is also chair of the American Mortgage Diversity Council and on the board of Axis Lift 360, a nonprofit that seeks to diversify the mortgage industry’s talent pool. 

Christensen won the 2023 National Mortgage Professional Women of Inspiration Award, the 2023 HousingWire Woman of Influence Award, the SUCCESS Magazine’s 2023 Emerging Entrepreneur Award, the 2022 Thought Leader Award for Progress in Lending, and the 2021 Mortgage Professional America Elite Women Award. 

“I am looking forward to working with Tai to advance the California MBA’s DE&I efforts,” Whittenberg said. “She has a powerful voice within the mortgage community, and I am certain that, together, we can effectively bring this important cause to the forefront of industry conversation.”