Roger Williams University has appointed Richard Staples Jr. to serve as interim director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University – where he has served on the policy group’s advisory board since 2004 and named chair in July – while it launches a search for a permanent leader.
A veteran of the financial services and mortgage industries, Staples brings more than 25 years experience to the role. For nearly 13 years, he served as a community development and lending specialist with mortgage loan company Fannie Mae. Previously, he was senior vice president for community reinvestment and regulatory compliance at the Peoples Savings Bank of Brockton (now Webster Bank). He’s also held leadership roles at Fleet Financial Group and Bank of New England.
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