We are honored to have my friend Brad Blackwell, a senior executive with Wells Fargo, to join us at the Global Financial Dignity Summit.  

Brad was one of the few banking executives that actually listened to community activist Robert Gnaizda, Esq and myself in early 2005, when we signaled the signs of a coming subprime mortgage crisis.  He listened then, and he is still listening now.  We are honored to have Brad Blackwell and Richard Hartnack, vice chairman of US Bank, both co-chairing the Working Group on the mortgage crisis, and the future of mortgages lending and homeownership opportunity.

For more information on the global summit and this working group.  For more information on Brad Blackwell, see below.

Brad Blackwell, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Business Manager

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
WORKING GROUP SESSION CO-CHAIR, The Mortgage Crisis. The New Ownership Opportunity.

Brad Blackwell is Portfolio Business Manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM) and member of the WFHM Executive Management Team (EMT).

Blackwell is responsible for building stronger capabilities to generate home equity and non-conforming mortgage loans that we hold in our portfolio as a key strategy to serve our customers and grow the investment portfolio for Wells Fargo.

In this role, he champions home equity products across the enterprise, expanding our non-agency (jumbo) lending programs, and developing opportunities to leverage the WFC balance sheet to support the home lending business. He works closely with the Community Bank, the Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement group, and all Consumer Lending channels to expand our real estate portfolio lending market share and market profitability across the United States.

Previously, Brad spent more than a decade as executive vice president, retail national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the nation’s #1 Retail mortgage producer. In this role, he was jointly responsible for leading WFHM’s Distributed Retail sales team of approximately 10,500 home mortgage consultants who originate residential mortgage loans in more than 2,400 mortgage stores nationwide now with the integration of Wachovia Mortgage. The company also offers mortgage products through retail Bank locations nationwide and Wells Fargo Advisors in some areas.

Blackwell was named executive vice president, retail national sales manager in June 2004 after serving three years as a senior vice president, national sales manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Pacific Markets. He led efforts to double Wells Fargo’s retail share on the West Coast.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2001, Blackwell was senior vice president for residential lending at Washington Mutual for three years. He joined Washington Mutual after working 17 years for World Savings as a loan consultant and regional manager in various parts of country. He also managed mortgage marketing, product development, sales planning and retail banking organizations for World Savings.

Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1982.

Blackwell is also passionate about Wells Fargo’s commitment to environmental stewardship, charitable giving and is active on social media. Follow him on Twitter @loansbrad.


John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.   Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.

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