Lupe Hernandez

Vice President Community Development

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Lupe Hernandez is the VP of Community Development, whose primary responsibility is overseeing partnerships and member services for the Nationwide Mortgage Collaborative. Prior to joining Springboard CDFI & NMC, Lupe was a Homeownership Management Consultant for NeighborWorks America, Pacific Region for the past 11 years. In her time she nurtured and mentored the HomeOwnership Centers in the Western Region, helping the group achieve the highest productivity in the national network. Lupe served as the Convener for the NeighborWorks America Homeownership Specialty Team for 9 years. In Orange County, Lupe has served on several boards; as a founding board member of the National Association of Hispanic Realtor Professionals of the Orange County Chapter, previously as a board member with United Way Advisory Committee Somos Familia and a member of National Council of La Raza. Lupe has successfully conducted various relevant trainings and seminars for HomeOwnership Center Managers for many years and has deep insights into the challenges and opportunities of local HUD Approved service providers and CDFIs.

Lupe has served as a coordinator of technical assistance and initiatives for NeighborWorks affiliates at the local, state, and national levels. In this capacity, her work is primarily focused on the programmatic elements of establishing sustainable lines of business for NeighborWorks America HomeOwnership Centers as well as the formation of sustainable models for consumer outreach and counseling. Lupe’s responsibilities in lending included the review of revolving loan capital grant requests, full cycle lending, CDFI technical assistance, loan servicing and lending compliance local state and federal. Lupe has participated on the LIFT Programs with five locations, assisting the organizations to build the internal capacity within 6 weeks to meet the high lending demands of the LIFT program both pre-launch and post launch. Lupe is passionate about helping the organizations serve the underserved communities, preserve homeownership, providing advocacy for low-mod and minority neighborhoods.

Prior to joining NeighborWorks® America, Lupe was the Home Ownership Director of NeighborWorks of Orange County.  Under her leadership and direction, NHS of O.C. ranked nationally in the top 5% of loan production in NeighborWorks® 5 year National Campaign for Home Ownership. Before coming to NeighborWorks of OC Lupe was a licensed Mortgage Broker and partner in a Mortgage Brokerage as well as working in the for-profit mortgage lending business both as a direct lender and as a broker. Lupe has her Real Estate License and has begun her accreditation tract with the Mortgage Bankers Association. Lupe successfully completed a 2 Year Banking Certificate Program from the University of San Diego and a variety of other continuing education topics.