Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), has announced that Alden Knowlton has earned a promotion to Associate Vice President for Political Affairs within the association’s Legislative and Political Affairs team.
“Alden’s extensive knowledge, political savvy and passion for public policy has had a major impact on MBA’s advocacy efforts and political fundraising activities,” said Broeksmit. “In just over two years at MBA, Alden is making a real difference for our members, helping us to send a strong, clear and collective message to key policymakers on Capitol Hill on behalf of our industry. Alden was recently named 2018 Employee of the Year, and I have no doubt her leadership will elevate the awareness of our key priorities and issues, and help us advocate as a unifying force for the housing finance industry and consumers.”
Knowlton previously served as Director of Political Affairs, managing and implementing initiatives and strategic goals for MBA’s political advocacy efforts. Under her direction, MORPAC, MBA’s non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC), considerably exceeded its fundraising goals, including setting single-cycle and single-year program fundraising records with over $2.1 million raised in the current cycle—$1.2 million in 2018 alone. Knowlton, through various communications channels and speaking engagements, also increased the effectiveness of MBA’s 27,000-member grassroots lobbying network, the Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA), with membership jumping 75 percent in the last two years and total communications to Congress leaping 350 percent.
Prior to joining MBA in 2016, Knowlton served in various ascending roles in political advocacy and fundraising, including positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Angerholzer Broz Consulting, and Sutter’s Mill Fund Raising and Strategy.