2021 HW Finance Leader: Emanuel Santa-Donato

Emanuel Santa-Donato

Emanuel Santa-Donato heads capital markets and lead acquisitions at Better.com, covering secondary markets, pricing, mortgage product development and systematization, along with the majority of the company’s D2C marketing channels. He joined Better.com in January 2016 as one of the early-stage employees, and since that time, he has developed the team, execution logic and processes to grow Better. com’s capital markets desk from zero loans to now over 10,000 a month. Santa-Donato also created an API integration between Better.com’s pricing engine and proprietary loan operating software, improving the efficiency of the company’s lockdesk by 10x.

He drew upon the risk management concepts he brought to Better from his prior portfolio management experience to significantly scale down risk in early March weeks ahead of the greatest dislocation in the mortgage market since the financial crisis. Better was able to maintain its growth and pricing levels through that uncertainty due to the work by Santa-Donato and his team.


Emanuel Santa-Donato


VP, Capital Markets and Lead Acquisitions

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