Wanda De Leo
FHFA, Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives
Wanda DeLeo is the Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). She assumed the position in May 2012, leading and overseeing all activities associated with the agency’s conservatorship strategic plan. The strategic plan outlines an expansive agenda of agency activities to shape the future of housing finance—maintaining a focus on loss mitigation and market liquidity issues—while contracting the footprints of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the marketplace. Wanda has held multiple positions at FHFA, including Deputy Director of the Division of Examination Programs and Support, Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals and Chief Accountant. Before becoming Chief Accountant at FHFA in 2008, she was Examination Manager for Accounting and later Chief Accountant for the former Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), one of FHFA’s predecessor agencies. Before joining OFHEO in 2002, Ms. DeLeo enjoyed a 20-year academic career that included teaching and conducting research in financial accounting, information systems, critical thinking, and problem solving at Winthrop University, Christian Brothers University, University of Houston – Downtown, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University. She also has been Chief Accountant for America Pioneer Life Insurance Company and began her career as an Assistant National Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Wanda is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a PhD in accounting from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia.