Desiree Patno, CEO and President, Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades of specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise in championing women’s economic growth and independence. Representing Fortune 100 companies in their relocation needs and selling thousands of properties across multiple platforms, she brings insider knowledge to NAWRB’s mission of advancing women and women-owned businesses.
As Chairwoman of NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), she oversees accountability of increasing women-owned and small business utilization and women’s inclusion at all levels. NAWRB has raised awareness of diverse opportunities, supporting the development and implementation of workforce and supplier diversity standards for the multi-trillion dollar housing sector since 2010.
Desirée resides on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council and Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2017, she was named the Highest-Ranking Woman and 4th Overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com, presented On the Margins of the 72nd U.N. General Assembly, The Intersection between Gender Diversity, Innovation, and Economic Sustainability, and received the Connected Women of Influence Women’s Advocate of the Year Award and Walker’s Legacy Power25 Award. In 2016, she was honored with HousingWire’s Women of Influence Award and was selected as the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year.
In 2012, Desiree won the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year Award, as well as HousingWire’s Women of Influence Award for the first time. NAWRB is honored to be one of only 11 organizations listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for the SBA.
Desiree is the Publisher of NAWRB Magazine—winner of the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in 2015, 2016, and 2017—and is a monthly contributor to RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine, National Mortgage Professional Magazine, Inman, and various industry publications.
Ms. Patno is a Visionary with over three decades specializing in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem, providing Advisory Services, is a Global Presenter, and an Angel Investor to enhance the Quality of Life, Gender Equity, and Social Impact. She built Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) to Elevate Women, Bridge Industries & Change the World!
Designed, developed, and implemented scientific projects for the DOD tracking and HR billables as Sr. Data Systems Analyst for XonTech, Inc. and responsible for Executive Technology & Systems Coaching.
As a Systems Analyst for Systems Engineering Laboratories & worked with Singer-Link in Chandler AFB, AZ the Air Force Training Base providing systems support and VR training F-4 to F-16 pilots at which time produced 25% of the Air Force pilots.
NAWRB is one of only nine organizations listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for the Small Business Administration (SBA) contributing to the success of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program $22.9 billion contracts. Desiree contributed to the first FHFA OMWI Strategic Plan, Department of Labor (DOL) Response and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance, and was recognized by Congresswoman Walters making history by bringing Dodd-Frank Section 342 outside of DC. Ms. Patno was instrumental in the passage of CA SB 826 Bill getting Women on Boards in 2018.
As Chairwoman of NAWRB’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), Desiree oversees the Council’s efforts to raise the number of women leaders, grow women’s employment, and empower all levels in the housing ecosystem. Ms. Patno is a Board of Director member for Second Century Ventures, a catalyst for emerging technologies scaling real estate, financial, insurance, and home service verticals.
Host of Know the Rules of the Game Ⓡ Podcast, covering Quality of Life, Equality & Entrepreneurship. Publisher of NAWRB Magazine a global publication read in over 70 countries and creator of Working w/Family Office Clubhouse co-hosting a weekly Family Office Coffee Clutch with Special Guests.
Ms. Patno is on the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Advisory Council & Enterprising Women Advisory Board. In 2017, named the Highest-Ranking Woman, 4th Overall Top Real Estate Influencer to Follow by Entrepreneur.com, and presented On the Margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, The Intersection between Gender Diversity, Innovation & Economic Sustainability. In 2016, received HousingWire’s Women of Influence Award and the SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year Award.
As Publisher of NAWRB Women’s Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER), Desiree curates the resources and expertise of key players in the economic ecosystem to build a dynamic platform for future generations. 2020 NAWRB WHER diversely covers the housing ecosystem with over seventy resources and six volumes: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Real Estate; Business Ownership; STEM; Access to Capital and Aging Population with a gender lens.