In her capacity as Executive Vice President with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Ms. Rice oversees the resource development, public policy, communication and enforcement divisions of the agency. NFHA works with over 200 member organizations across the country to eliminate barriers in the housing markets and expand equal housing and lending opportunities. NFHA provides a range of programs to affirmatively further fair housing including community development, neighborhood stabilization, training, education, outreach, advocacy, consulting and enforcement initiatives. Ms. Rice also leads NFHA’s effort to spear-head the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
Ms. Rice’s fair housing and fair lending work began at the local level. Prior to joining NFHA, she was the President and CEO of the Fair Housing Center of Toledo, Ohio and the Northwest Ohio Development Agency. Under her tenure, the Fair Housing Center brought precedent-setting fair housing and fair lending cases that resulted in the expansion of insurance, lending and affordable housing opportunities for millions of consumers. Ms. Rice also helped to create the state of Ohio’s only anti-predatory lending remediation program.
Ms. Rice has helped lead teams that have brought and resolved precedent-setting fair housing cases that have resulted in the elimination of systemic discriminatory practices including Briceno, Klear and Toledo Fair Housing Center v. United Guaranty Residential Insurance Company; Toledo Fair Housing Center v. Farmers Insurance Co;, Steptoe v. Savings of America; NFHA, et. al. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.; Stevens v. Decision One, et. al.; NFHA, et. al. v. Prudential Insurance Co., Williams and Toledo Fair Housing Center v. Countrywide and NFHA et al v. Wells Fargo, the nation's first case to address and resolve issues of discriminatory disparities in the maintenance and management of Real Estate Owned Properties.
Ms. Rice has provided extensive consultation and training services to consumers, government agencies, insurance companies, lending institutions, regulatory agencies, housing industry professionals, real estate management companies, fair housing agencies, and non-profit organizations.
She lead NFHA’s efforts to insure that fair lending issues were a key component of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and continues to lead the agency’s efforts to ensure that the regulations promulgated under the Act are fair and ensure equal access to credit and financial services for all populations.
Ms. Rice has served on the state of Ohio’s Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, State Farm Bank Consumer Advisory Council, and Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. She is a current member of the JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association's Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and America’s Homeowner Alliance Advisory Board.