Member Spotlight

WHF is pleased to feature the WHF Member Spotlight. Each month we will feature a different WHF member.

WHF Member Spotlight – March 2019
Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing
Federal Housing Administration

Philadelphia, PA

Fun Fact
My favorite American Founder is Alexander Hamilton because I’m a first generation American with roots in the Caribbean. 

Walk me through your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
I currently serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In this capacity, I oversee an insurance-in-force portfolio of 8 million loans with an unpaid principal balance of $1.2 trillion for the world’s largest mortgage insurer. My responsibilities include directing and implementing homeownership policy as well as active management of FHA’s credit risk.  In my role, I manage all aspects of FHA’s Single Family Housing operations including origination and servicing policy, information technology strategy, and lender enforcement.

Prior to joining FHA, I held senior roles in the Global Government Relations division of MetLife where I directed legislative and policy strategy for the largest U.S. life insurer. From 2007-2014, I served on the Professional Staff of the Committee on Financial Services, United States House of Representatives where I worked on the development, implementation, and oversight of key housing and financial services legislation including the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

What do you love most about what you do?
At FHA, I’m grateful for the opportunity to support sustainable homeownership for millions of Americans. Each year over 1 million families use FHA loans to purchase or refinance a home.


How long have you been a member of WHF?
I first joined WHF in 2008.

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
In 2018, I served on WHF’s Program Committee where I shared recommendations on programming. I regularly attend WHF events including the Brown Bag lunches and receptions.

What have you gained from being a member?
WHF has been a key resource for me throughout my career on and off the Hill and in the Executive Branch. The speaker series and receptions are an amazing opportunity to connect with colleagues and network.

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
My day is packed with meetings, deadlines, presentations, and decision points. I maintain focus and productivity by practicing meditation in the morning. I begin the day with a short gratitude meditation. I perform another longer meditation before I leave for the office.

Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration from areas that are removed from my day-to-day work responsibilities. Painting and music are my go-to sources of inspiration.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Kindness matters.

Who do you look up to the most and why?
My mother and father are who I look up to the most. They both came of age in the Jim Crow South and they received their undergraduate degrees from historically black colleges. My mother and father both went on to receive PhD’s in French literature. 



February 2019 - Monda Raquel Webb, Consultant, Monda Media LLC 

January 2019 - Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP 

December 2018 - Alma Angotti, Navigant, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Investigations and Compliance

November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

October 2018 - Dionne Joemah, Deputy General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

September 2018 - Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI)

August 2018 - Bernadette Kogler, Co-founder & CEO, RiskSpan; Co-founder, SmartLink Lab

July 2018 - Lawrence Kaplan, Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

April 2018 - Dina Ellis Rochkind, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP

March 2018 - Marti Tirinnanzi, President and CEO, Financial Standards, Inc.

February 2018 - Janis Smith, Board of Governors, National Housing Conference

November 2017 - Mary Pat Denney, Managing Director, Risk Initiative Vertical, The Oakleaf Group

September 2017 - Joanna Girardin Shapiro, Managing Director, Global Client Management, Bank of New York Mellon

July 2017 - Mary Martha Fortney, President, The Fortney Group

June 2017 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown

May 2017 - Lee Ann Hoover, Financial Services Advisory and Compliance, Navigant Inc.

April 2017 - Faith Arnold Schwartz, Chairman, HLP, Principal, HFSS, LLC, Advisor to Accenture Credit Services

March 2017 - Debbie Matz, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Advisory Board OpenDoor Trading LLP