The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) appointed Michael Fratantoni as vice president of single family research and policy development.

Fratantoni will focus on managing MBA's policy development research for issues affecting single-family lending.

Fratantoni was previously from Washington Mutual where he was the economic strategist in the enterprise risk management group, and was responsible for assessing macroeconomic, regional and housing market trends that impacted the mortgage firm's risk exposure and business prospects.

Before that, he was MBA's senior director of single family research and economics and was a senior staff member for the association's council to shape change. The council brought together executives from across the industry to examine and report on the trends that would affect the future of mortgage markets.

Fratantoni was also director of economic and policy research at Fannie Mae where he managed the production of policy studies by leading academics on issues relevant to the GSE. He also served as a technical expert within the regulatory policy group. Previous to that, he was senior economist in the agency's credit pricing group.

"We are very pleased to welcome Michael back to join MBA's research and economics team," said John Courson, President and CEO of the MBA. "During this time of unprecedented changes in the economy, his extensive experience will prove a vital asset to our organization, our members and the entire industry."

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