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CEO & President
Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of advancing women’s economic growth and independence. Representing Fortune 100 companies in their relocation needs and selling thousands of properties across multiple platforms, she brings insider knowledge to NAWRB’s mission of advancing women and women-owned businesses.
As Chairwoman of NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), she oversees the Council’s efforts to raise the number of women leaders and grow women’s employment and empowerment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. NAWRB has raised awareness of diverse opportunities, supporting the development and implementation of workforce and supplier diversity standards for the multi-trillion dollar housing sector since 2010.
Desirée resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2017, she was named the Highest-Ranking Woman and 4th Overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com, presented On the Margins of the 72nd U.N. General Assembly, The Intersection between Gender Diversity, Innovation and Economic Sustainability, and received the Connected Women of Influence Women’s Advocate of the Year Award and Walker’s Legacy Power25 Award. In 2016, she was honored with HousingWire’s Women of Influence Award and was selected as the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year.
In 2012, Desirée won the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year Award, as well as HousingWire’s Women of Influence Award for the first time. NAWRB is honored to be one of only 11 organizations listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for the SBA.
Desirée is the Publisher of NAWRB Magazine—winner of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and 2018 — and is a monthly contributor to RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine, National Mortgage Professional Magazine, Inman and various industry publications.
Co-Chairwoman: Rebecca Steele, CEO and President of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)
Procuring Contract Specialist
Jay Jones is the Procuring Contract Specialist
As President of Chrimata, Jay was directly involved in hundreds of purchases of investment properties and later managed its rental properties portfolio. Jay formed Chrimata, a “management professional leasing company” to meet the needs of other companies’ employee demands. Prior to forming Chrimata, Jay was a Senior Scientist for Xontech, Inc., a leading defense contractor where he was a data analyst and system integration specialist conducting and analyzing flight mission experiments for the space defense program. Jay is an active community leader who sat on the Board of Directors for AYSO soccer league and coached many teams through the years, embracing the motto “everyone plays.” A father of four boys, Jay is consistently supporting the lives of the young. Jay hopes to one day teach Physics at the high school level.
Silvia N. Rathell
Government Relations Chairwoman
Silvia N. Rathell is a small business owner and co-owner of Rathell Properties LLC, a small investment company that focuses in real estate. She joined NAWRB in 2017 as the Washington D.C. Satellite Office Government Relations Chairwoman assisting the organization’s growth in government advocacy on behalf of women’s gender equality and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem.
Planning to pursue her doctorate degree in the near future, Rathell sits on several national boards and advisory councils—the White House Policy Briefings for Latino Leaders, The National Farmworker Alliance and the Social Security Administration’s Latino Advisory Board, to name a few—always mindful of the fact that there remains much work to be done for women and minorities.
Mrs. Rathell lives in Maryland with her husband Brooks Rathell, her 17-year-old daughter Maya, 7-year-old daughter Adrianna and 5-year-old son Brooks Jr.
Monda Raquel Webb
Senior Business Consultant
Monda Raquel Webb has over 25 years of extensive corporate, government and non-profit experience with specialties in marketing, mortgage finance, business development, content creation, training, communications, outreach, public relations and partner engagement.
Monda personifies the trifecta experience in the Mortgage Finance industry as a licensed real estate agent (residential market) in MD/DC since 2003, as well as holding positions with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (primary market) and Fannie Mae (secondary market). She recently completed a 5 year tenure with Making Home Affordable, U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Monda is also a small business owner, with a media and film production company. The publishing arm of Monda Media has published four books and manages author brand, public relations,and marketing/sales of product and ancillary items. Monda then established Little Known Stories Production Company, LLC as the production arm of Monda Media. In 2015, she wrote, directed and produced her first short film, “Zoo (Volkerschau)”, which has won 11 U.S. and International Film Festival Awards, including awards from Spain and Indonesia, for “Best Short (film)”, “Best Script”, “Excellence Award” and other categories. “I’m DNA purposed to create literary and visual art that celebrates humanity,” Monda says. I’m an independent filmmaker dedicated to telling little known stories hidden in the crevices of history’s pages. A visual archeologist, I’m committed to organic storytelling that elevates, educates and uplifts humanity.”
With the depth and breadth of her experiences, Monda brings a unique perspective of the mortgage finance market, which allows her the benefit of understanding all aspects of the industry and communicate effectively to any audience, from first-time homebuyer to seasoned veteran.
Kendall Roderick is the Graphic Designer at NAWRB. She has her BFA in Graphic Design, an Associates degree in English and her Industrial Design Certificate. She has had three short stories, two poems and three books published in the last seven years. When she isn’t designing, she is writing, obsessing over books, her wonderful husband, and their three furry children.
Burgandy Basulto is a Content Writer at NAWRB. She is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy. She is currently pursuing her masters in philosophy and looks forward to a career in academia. Her passions include writing, reading, traveling, photography, and a good cup (or two) of coffee.
Christine Terrisse, Content Writer
Christine comes to NAWRB with over nine years of experience as a content, ad, and editorial writer. Her work has appeared both online and in print most recently in October Magazine (Pitchfork, Condé Nast), and the award-winning OC Weekly.
She has written blog articles and web copy for businesses ranging from luxury real estate agents to nutritionists, musicians and entertainment figures.Christine began her career as a lead contributor and copywriter for a premier luxury watch trade publication: The Time Place. While at The Time Place she has written ad stories and copy for prestigious brands such as Cartier, Gucci,BMW and Johnnie Walker, covered red-carpet events and interviewed CEOs of luxury brands Piaget and Hamilton.
Christine studied Theatre Arts at California State University, Fullerton where she was a two-time nominee for the prestigious Irene Ryan acting scholarship award.
Event Planner Intern
Irena Kim, Event Planning Intern
Irena Kim is the Event Planning Intern at NAWRB. She is currently an undergraduate student at Chapman University majoring in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Real Estate and Marketing. Irena’s first experience with event planning was through her position as the Special Events Chair in Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity at Chapman University. In her free time, she loves going on food adventures with friends and going to the beach with her three dogs.
Lucille Chaney is administrative assistant at NAWRB. She is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for social work and eventually have her own private practice. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and anything active that involves the outdoors (with her dog of course).