Board of Directors
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ellison was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2015. Mr. Ellison has served as our Chairman of the Board since June 30, 2015 and as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2015. Mr. Ellison has served as Chief Executive Officer of Residential since June 30, 2015 and as President from April 2015 through June 2015. Prior to joining AAMC, Mr. Ellison had been employed for 19 years at Bank of America and its predecessor, NationsBank. Mr. Ellison held several roles over his career at Bank of America, most recently being the executive leading the team that managed the valuation and disposition of Bank of America's legacy mortgage loan portfolio and a leading member of Bank of America's Special Initiatives team that worked to resolve Bank of America's representation and warranty litigation. Prior to his most recent roles, Mr. Ellison was Global Head of the Structured Products division within Bank of America's Investment Banking platform. His responsibilities involved all Structured Products including RMBS, ABS, ABCP Conduit and CMBS securities, among others. Mr. Ellison holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.
- Ricardo C. Byrd
Mr. Byrd was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2015. Mr. Byrd has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Neighborhoods (NAN), one of the nation's largest and oldest multi-issue membership associations of grass-roots neighborhood organizations, since 1995, and from 1982 to 1994, served as Federal FTA Project Manager for NAN. He has over thirty years of management experience in directing grass-roots programs. On America's social and economic development challenges, he has served as a public policy catalyst, a community outreach strategist and resource person to the White House, Congressional, state and local government officials, corporations and neighborhood leaders. Mr. Byrd is a native Washingtonian, educated in the District of Columbia Public Schools, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University.
- John P. de Jongh Jr.
John P. de Jongh, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors of AAMC in December 2016. Governor de Jongh currently is a Principal of Chilmark Investment Partners, LLC (“Chilmark”), a U.S. Virgin Islands-based advisory firm with a focus on real estate, insurance and financial services. From January 2007 to January 2015, Governor de Jongh served two terms as the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, during which he led the territory through the difficult economic periods following the financial crisis of 2008, sponsored legislation to expand access of small businesses to loan programs and export initiatives, ensured Government access to capital markets, negotiated public-private initiatives with cruise lines and rum producers and implemented revitalization projects for St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. From 2003 to 2006, Governor de Jongh served as a Principal of Chilmark in the same capacities as his current position. From 1992 to 2002, Governor de Jongh served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors of Lockhart Companies Incorporated, a holding company with subsidiaries in real estate, insurance and financial services in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks & Caicos. He also served three terms as the President of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, a philanthropic organization focused on children and families. From 1993 to 1995, he was a Senior Managing Consultant for Public Financial Management, Inc., where he implemented five-year strategic plans for the cities of Philadelphia, PA, New Haven, CT and Washington, DC. Prior to 1993, Governor de Jongh served in multiple capacities for the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, including Commissioner of Finance, Director of Finance for the Virgin Islands Finance Authority, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. Governor de Jongh received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Antioch College.
- Dale Kurland
Ms. Kurland was appointed to the Board of Directors of AAMC in December 2012. Ms. Kurland is the founder and President of Classic Strategies Group, LLC, (“CSG”), a private company founded in 2004 which provides mergers and acquisition consulting services to mortgage banking executives. Ms. Kurland served as President of DK Advisory Services, Inc. (“DKAS”), the predecessor to CSG. Prior to joining DKAS, Ms. Kurland was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns, as head of its Mortgage Banking Mergers and Acquisitions Group where she advised clients on the purchase and sale of mortgage companies and mortgage servicing portfolios. Ms. Kurland served on the Board of Directors of Lender Services, Inc. until the sale of the company to Fidelity National Financial in February 2003. Ms. Kurland holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Ms. Kurland’s background in real estate financing and advisory experience in the mortgage and real estate industries, along with her prior management and board of directors experience, brings industry expertise, leadership direction and guidance to the Board of Directors.Independent Director
- Nathaniel Redleaf
Mr. Redleaf was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2014. Mr. Redleaf is a Partner at Luxor Capital Group, LP, a New York-based hedge fund ("Luxor"), where he focuses on the homebuilding, commercial real estate, finance and gaming sectors. Prior to joining Luxor, Mr. Redleaf was a Research Analyst at Imperial Capital, a distressed debt focused investment bank. Mr. Redleaf currently serves as a member of the board of directors of William Lyons Homes Inc., Innovate Managed Holdings LLC and Eastland Tire Australia Pty. He received his B.A. degree in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.Independent Director