Stacey Davis Steed

Position: President and chief executive of the Fannie Mae Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that provides funding and implements programs to revitalize residential neighborhoods and create affordable homeownership.

Career highlights: Most recently, Steed was vice president for housing and community development for Fannie Mae's southeastern office in Atlanta for seven years. She had also been a director in the company's public affairs department. Before joining Fannie Mae, Steed was vice president of Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co. in Philadelphia.

Age: 35

Education: Earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1985, and a master of business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Michigan in 1987.

Q: Part of your mission is to deliver measurable results for people, neighborhoods and communities across the country. What does that entail?

A: "It entails getting information out to millions of Americans who wish to become homeowners on how to get on the path to owning a home. It also means that we must play a leadership role in providing information and financial resources that support tangible neighborhood revitalization."

Q: In August you released a study about women and finances that indicated that they still face discrimination in certain areas. What can be done to close the gap?

A: "We believe that one important way to close this gap is to make sure that not only women, but all Americans, have all the information they need in order to be in control of their personal and financial lives. We believe that as people are more comfortable in the ways in which to establish good credit and make informed financial decisions they will be better able to build wealth and stability for their families and themselves."