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In February 2014, Michael Berman established Michael Berman Consulting, LLC, to provide advisory services to Boards and CEOs of best-in-class enterprises in the real estate finance industry. Drawing from his extensive experience in the industry, Mr. Berman provides strategic and tactical advice in both the business and policy arenas. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, focusing on affordable housing; and he is a Fellow at Wharton at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, focusing on sea level rise and flood risk.
From November 2012 to January 2014, Mr. Berman served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor - Housing Finance for HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Mr. Berman also served on the senior administration housing policy team focused on developing policies for reforming the government role in housing finance for both single family and multifamily lending. Until September 2012, Mr. Berman was the president and chief executive officer of CWCapital (CW). In 1985, he joined the CW companies, a national lender and servicer to the multifamily and commercial real estate industry. Mr. Berman was responsible for strategic planning and operations for all of CW's loan programs, including FHA, GSE, conduit, portfolio and life company lending. Under Mr. Berman's direction, CW first entered the national lending business in 1991. Annual loan production grew from $100 million to over $4 billion in 2012, when CW was sold to Walker & Dunlop.
Mr. Berman served as chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) in 2010-2011. He also chaired MBA task force committees on the future of the GSEs. He served on the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable (2011-2012), and the executive committee of the board of the National Multifamily Housing Council (1995-2012). In 2014, he was appointed a senior industry fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Mr. Berman testified before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee in 2010-2011, regarding the government role in the future of housing finance. He has appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box, Bloomberg's Street Smart and Fox Business News. He also has been quoted by several trade periodicals as well as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
In 2012, Mr. Berman received the Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award from the MBA for his work on the future of the government’s role in housing finance. In 2013, he was designated one of the 30 most influential people in real estate by Commercial Property Executive.
Mr. Berman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.