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phone: (202) 540-9620
Karen Garner
Managing Director,  The Collingwood Group
1700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 200
Washington,  District of Columbia  20006
About Me
Karen Garner is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, which she joined on January 1, 2012, following Collingwood’s acquisition of her firm, GWN Consulting. Her areas of expertise include risk analysis, FHA lender approval, project management and lender monitoring, and she is adept at conducting training for a variety of private and public sectors, completing studies and writing technical reports based on her knowledge and experience. Prior to founding GWN Consulting, Garner was a Partner and Project Director at Walker & Co., LLC, where she led the Government Services Practice. The firm had contracts with the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) which included compliance reviews of FHA’s Single Family claims and Ginnie Mae (as a subcontractor), single family supplemental claims processing, the MIP call center and the FHA Lender Approval’s LASS contract. She also conducted research and prepared studies and procedures for USDA’s Rural Development Single Family Loan Guarantee Program. Before joining Walker & Co., Garner was a federal government employee, serving 23 years at HUD where she held various management positions in the Quality Assurance Division and the Office of Lender Activities and Program Compliance, and was Director of the Lender Approval Division. During her public and private sector career she has planned and completed on-site compliance reviews covering loan origination, servicing, loss mitigation, claims and Ginnie Mae. At HUD she also served as the Director of Loan Guarantee for the Office of Native American Programs.
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