2021 HW Woman of Influence: Patti Cook


A pioneer in financial services since her earliest days in the industry, Patti Cook constantly displays grit and a knack for pivoting successfully to seize new opportunities. As CEO of Finance of America Companies, Cook has helped build and scale the company’s diversified lending platform, which offers consumers a comprehensive suite of financial solutions aimed at meeting their needs at each phase of their financial lives. Upon earning her MBA at New York University, Cook joined Salomon Brothers in 1979 as one of very few female MBAs on Wall Street in that era.

Over the course of her career, Cook has held executive roles at numerous companies, including Prudential, JPMorgan and Freddie Mac. She went on to join Finance of America in 2016, where she oversees the team’s rapid growth and innovation and ultimately guided the company to its public listing via SPAC merger in April 2021. With the successful listing, the company now has access to a permanent source of capital to support its organic and inorganic growth. Cook also oversees the activities of Finance of America’s philanthropic efforts through two 501(c)(3) affiliates — Finance of America Foundation and Finance of America Cares. A dynamic and inspiring leader, Cook has a proven track record of delivering results, managing change and engaging employees. Under her leadership, Finance of America Companies has achieved rapid, remarkable success.


Patti Cook



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Finance of America Companies

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