Mel Watt, who was sworn in Jan. 6 as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), has announced the appointment of four special advisors—Megan Moore, Bob Ryan, Eric Stein and Mario Ugoletti—to provide counsel on policy and strategic decisions at the FHFA.
Megan Moore will join the FHFA as Special Advisor–Intergovernmental. Moore has worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury since June 2009, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing, Small Business and TARP in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Moore also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2006 to 2009. Moore holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College at City University of New York and a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University. Moore will join the FHFA later in January.
Bob Ryan will join the FHFA as Special Advisor–Industry. Ryan most recently served as a senior vice president of capital markets at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. From 2009 to 2012 he was a Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and served as the first chief risk officer at the Federal Housing Administration. Ryan also spent 26 years at Freddie Mac. Ryan earned a B.S. in Business from George Mason University. He will also join the FHFA later in January.
Eric Stein will serve initially as Special Advisor and Acting Chief of Staff and later will become Special Advisor–Consumer. He previously worked at Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending for 17 years, most recently as senior vice president. Stein also served at the Treasury Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consumer Protection from 2009 to 2010. Stein holds a law degree from Yale University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Mario Ugoletti has served as a Special Advisor to the Acting Director of the FHFA since 2009 and has been appointed by Watt as Special Advisor–Agency. Prior to joining the FHFA, Ugoletti spent 14 years at the Treasury Department and served as Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy from 2004 to 2009. Ugoletti has a Ph.D. in Economics from Penn State University.
“I am very pleased that Megan, Bob, Eric and Mario have agreed to be part of the FHFA team and to provide solid advice and perspective on the important issues I will be facing as Director of the Agency," said Watt. "Along with the strong staff already in place, these advisors have diverse skills and experience in housing finance policy that will help me build a stronger foundation for our nation’s housing finance system."