PHFA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO
As head of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Executive Director and CEO Robin L. Wiessmann oversees a staff of more than 330 employees in 16 divisions that work to expand affordable housing across Pennsylvania. She manages the day-to-day operations of the agency and directs multiple initiatives that promote affordable rental housing, support homeownership, provide no-cost housing counseling, fund local housing efforts and reduce home foreclosures.
Under her leadership, PHFA has continued its commitment to renters, homebuyers and homeowners while employing new strategies to operate the agency more efficiently and deliver housing in the most fiscally responsible manner. To preserve and expand affordable housing in today’s challenging marketplace, Wiessmann has emphasized her commitment to partnerships that add financial and strategic value. She also is prioritizing PHFA’s efforts to leverage its funding, to attract additional investments for housing projects and multiplying the impact of the agency’s resources to achieve the most good.
Prior to her position at PHFA, Wiessmann served as Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Non-Depository Supervisory Committee, and served as a member of eight other economic development, policy, and supervisory boards, including the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System. She is served as board Secretary of CSBS, and Trustee of the Investor Protection Trust. She continues to serve on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Wiessmann’s previous public service positions included Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Treasurer of Pennsylvania and Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia. During her private career, Wiessmann was a founding Principal and President of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street, and held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and served as a Director of the Met-Pro Corporation. In addition, Wiessmann served as Chairman of the board for Vantagepoint Funds Mutual Fund, an Act 40 company, and on the board of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, a self-regulatory organization under the SEC.
In 2019, she received a lifetime achievement award as a Philadelphia Inquirer Influencer of Finance. She is a recipient of the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers Law School, from which she earned a law degree, and is a graduate of Lafayette College. Wiessmann is a Qualified Financial Expert.