Blog: Q&A with Lesley Alli, SVP Industry Relations and Corporate Communications, National MI

March 15, 2024

“We all know that despite great progress, the female wage gap still exists. This means that, all else being equal, it takes women longer to save for a down payment to buy a home. Continued support of the private mortgage insurance industry is critical to ensuring access to financing for women and all low down payment borrowers when they need us the most.”

Lesley Alli is the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Industry Relations and Corporate Communications of National Mortgage Insurance (National MI). As part of USMI’s Q&A series celebrating prominent women leaders in housing finance, Lesley shared her thoughts on the importance of women leaders in the housing and mortgage industries, how she has navigated her career, and how the housing and mortgage industries can better support women borrowers.

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Considering how far you’ve gone in your career, your incredible successes, and the challenges you faced to reach your current position, what advice would you give younger women entering this industry who aspire to become leaders?
What have been the main changes you’ve seen the industry undertake since you first entered this line of work that help promote and foster more women in leadership roles?
Why is it important to have women in leadership positions in your company?
How can the housing and/or mortgage industries better support women borrowers and enable affordable access to homeownership?

Lesley Alli Biography

Lesley Alli is responsible for leading National MI’s efforts in external public and industry relations, including corporate communications, public policy, and government enterprise and agency affairs. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry and most recently was a founding member of Home Point Financial Corporation serving as the Chief Investor and Industry Relations Officer prior to its sale to Mr. Cooper. Previously, she held senior management roles at both Fannie Mae and Countrywide Home Loans. She holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and a graduate certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University.