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Homepoint appointment of DeAndre Lipscomb to the new role of chief diversity and inclusion officer. In his role, Lipscomb will be responsible for partnering with business leaders to develop and implement strategic, programmatic and operational initiatives that promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Under Lipscomb, Homepoint will engage, develop retain and attract a diverse workforce to align with the company’s “We Care” values. In addition, Lipscomb will play an integral role in growing the organization’s corporate social responsibility and philanthropic efforts nationwide, according to a press release.
"At Homepoint, we ultimately define our business and our culture by the opportunities we create and the way we treat people, whether it’s our associates, partners or customers," said Willie Newman, president and CEO of Homepoint. "With people at the forefront of everything we do, we want to be a force for good in all the communities we serve, and it is important that diversity and inclusion are meaningful and structured components of how Homepoint continues to evolve and strengthen the mortgage industry as whole."
Last September, Homepoint announced the launch of the Homepoint Foundation and dedicated its first $1 million to establishing and funding additional minority-owned and women-owned mortgage brokerages throughout the country.
Homepoint also entered into a partnership with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA) in November and is collaborating to strengthen equity among underrepresented racial and gender demographics within the mortgage industry.
Lipscomb previously served as executive director of the Lake Trust Foundation and Community Impact Manager for Lake Trust Credit Union, a community development financial institution based in Brighton, Michigan. In that role, he designed and executed programs and partnerships to uplift underserved communities throughout Michigan.
Prior to Lake Trust, Lipscomb worked in the health insurance industry for 21 years, serving in executive leadership roles where he led employee engagement, marketing, communications, community outreach and contributed to diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives. He is a certified diversity practitioner through the National Diversity Council and is a board member for its Michigan chapter.
"I am impressed by the leadership team’s demonstrated commitment to embedding diversity and inclusion into the company culture," said Lipscomb.