Rachel Beam-Jares is a passionate leader who has extensive experience in the mortgage and real estate industry. As Director of Valuation Equity, Rachel has a focus on appraisal-specific issues related to policies and programs that promote inclusion and equity, working with third-party organizations, such as The Appraisal Foundation and the Appraisal Institute. In her prior role at Fannie Mae, she led a team of valuation professionals who were responsible for managing the quality and accuracy of appraisal products procured by a panel of over 500 appraisers. She continues to champion diversity in the appraisal industry, including her leadership of the Appraiser Diversity Initiative, aimed at bringing awareness and support to potential new entrants. Originally from California, she currently holds an appraisal certification in the state of Arizona, where she now lives. Prior to working at Fannie Mae, Rachel has held consulting and management roles with various financial institutions.