Ms. Caldwell became Chair of the Board of Directors on March 15, 2016. Ms. Caldwell has served as a Director of Ocwen since January 2015. Ms. Caldwell is founder and managing member of Wroxton Civic Ventures, LLC, which provides advisory services on various financial, housing and economic development matters. Previously, Ms. Caldwell was Chief, Homeownership Preservation Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, responsible for oversight of the U.S. housing market stabilization, economic recovery and foreclosure prevention initiatives established through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, from November 2009 to December 2011. From December 2007 to November 2009, Ms. Caldwell was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. Prior to such time, Ms. Caldwell held various leadership roles during her eleven years at Bank of America until her retirement from Bank of America in 2007, serving most recently as President of Community Development Banking. Since January 2014, Ms. Caldwell has served as an independent director of both American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACSF) and City First Bank of DC. Ms. Caldwell has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations engaged in housing and community development finance. Ms. Caldwell received her Master of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, also from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Caldwell was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors due to her extensive experience in the housing and financial services industries, both in the private sector and as a senior government official, and her experience as a board member of another public company in the financial services industry.
Mr. Faris has served as a Director of Ocwen since May 2003, as the President of Ocwen since March 2001 and as Chief Executive Officer since October 2010. Mr. Faris served as Executive Vice President of Ocwen from May 1998 to March 2001, as Senior Vice President from May 1997 to May 1998 and as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Ocwen from June 1995 to May 1997. From March 1991 to July 1994, he served as Controller for a subsidiary of Ocwen. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Faris was a Vice President with Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. and from 1984 to 1986 worked in the General Audit Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.
With over 20 years of experience and through various roles within Ocwen, particularly over the past 14 years serving as President of the Company and more recently as our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Faris has acquired an intimate knowledge of our business and plays an active role in the day-to-day management of our operations. Mr. Faris is uniquely well positioned to provide our Board of Directors critical insight into company-specific issues.
Mr. Bowers has served as a Director of Ocwen since May 2015. Mr. Bowers is also a Director of Walker & Dunlop, Inc., a publicly traded commercial real estate finance company, since December 2010, serves as its Lead Director, and serves on its Audit Committee and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (Chairman). Mr. Bowers also serves on the board and as Audit Committee Chairman of La Quinta Inns & Suites, a publicly traded hotel chain. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Bowers served as a Director of American Achievement Corp., a privately held manufacturer and distributer of graduation products. Prior to Mr. Bowers' retirement in 2005, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Cape Success, LLC, a private equity-backed staffing service and information technology solutions business, from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Bowers was also the President and Chief Executive Officer and a board member of MarketSource Corporation, a marketing and sales support service firm, from 2000 to 2001, and of MBL Life Assurance Corporation, a life insurance company, from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Bowers previously served on the boards and as Audit Committee Chairman of Refrigerated Holdings, Inc., a temperature controlled logistics firm (from January 2009 to April 2013); Roadlink Inc., a trucking and logistics firm (from February 2010 to April 2013); and Fastfrate Holdings, Inc., a Canadian trucking and logistics firm (from July 2008 to June 2011), each a privately held company. Mr. Bowers has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1978 and served as Staff Auditor, Audit Partner and Managing Partner, serving a diverse client base during his tenure at Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. from 1978 to 1995 and as a Staff Accountant with Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs from 1976 to 1978. Mr. Bowers received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Montclair State University and his Master's in Business Administration from St. John's University.
Mr. Bowers brings to our Board over 30 years of experience in accounting and executive management, including experience on the audit committees of private companies and Securities and Exchange Commission registrants. Mr. Bowers' accounting expertise and diverse corporate management experience are assets to our Board.
Mr. Busquet has served as a Director of Ocwen since January 2016. Mr. Busquet was formerly Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director of Natixis North America LLC and a member of the Executive Committee from April 2008 to February 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Busquet was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Calyon Americas (formerly Credit Lyonnais Americas) in charge of Risks, Compliance, Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Asset Recovery from 1998 to March 2008. Since July 1, 2016, Mr. Busquet has served as a director of Mizuho Americas LLC, the US Bank Holding Company of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. Since 2005, Mr. Busquet has served as a director of Prolitec Inc., a privately-held commercial air scenting company. From 2012 to March 2015, Mr. Busquet was a trustee of the Institute of International Bankers. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Busquet was a trustee of the African Wildlife Foundation and the Chair of its Audit Committee for two years. Mr. Busquet has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from each of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), Paris.
Ms. Galante has served as a Director since February 2016. She is currently the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and Co-Chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Galante served in the Obama Administration as the Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and as Assistant Secretary for Housing from July 2011 to October 2014 (Acting Assistant Secretary from July 2011 until confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2012), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Multifamily Housing programs from May 2009 to July 2011. From 1996-2009, Ms. Galante was President and Chief Executive Officer of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, a non-profit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California. From 1987-1996, Ms. Galante was Executive Vice President of BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Galante has a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Lipstein has served as a Director of Ocwen since March 2017. Mr. Lipstein was formerly a partner with KPMG LLP and served as the Global IT Partner in Charge of Business Services from 2014-2016 and as an Advisory Business Unit Partner in Charge for its Mid-Atlantic Region from 2009-2014. His career at KPMG LLP began in 1977. In January 2017, he became a director at Cross Country Consulting, a privately-held consulting firm that focuses on corporate advisory services. Since January 2013, he has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. Mr. Lipstein has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
Mr. Salcetti has served as a Director of Ocwen since January 2011. Mr. Salcetti previously served as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase from 1996 to 2008. Prior to his tenure at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Salcetti held the position of Managing Director at Chase Manhattan Bank and Senior Vice President of TCB/Chemical Bank and its predecessor, Texas Commercial Bank. Mr. Salcetti earned a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Salcetti has served on the Board of Directors of Dynex Capital, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, since December 2013 where he serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Salcetti served on the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation, a publicly traded residential real estate finance company, from October 2013 to June 2015 where he served as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nomination/Governance Committees.
Mr. Salcetti brings to Ocwen's Board of Directors over 35 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industry sectors. With his extensive experience, which includes leading operations that designed, provided and managed credit facilities for loan warehousing financing, receivables and mortgage servicing rights financing, Mr. Salcetti is able to offer guidance to the Board of Directors from both an operational and strategic perspective. Mr. Salcetti is financially literate and considered an audit committee financial expert, as that term is defined in Securities and Exchange Commission rules implementing requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Dr. Soaries has served as a Director of Ocwen since January 2015. He has served as a Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens since 1990. He formerly served as New Jersey Secretary of State from 1999 to 2002 and as Chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Soaries was a director of New Era Bank from 1996 to 1998. He currently serves as an independent director at Independence Realty Trust, a position he has held since February 2011 and is chairman of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Soaries has also served as an independent director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York since January 2009, where he is Vice Chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and also serves as a member of the Technology Committee and the Housing Committee. Dr. Soaries earned a Bachelor of Arts at Fordham University, a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry at United Theological Seminary.
Dr. Soaries was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors due to his experience in the financial services industry, including as a board member of a public financial services company. Dr. Soaries brings a unique perspective as a religious and community leader focused on the issues facing struggling borrowers and communities.