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Christopher Mayer, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Christopher Mayer has led Longbridge’s growth from a startup company in 2013 to the second largest reverse mortgage lender and the largest wholesale lender in 2023, with a 22% HMBS market share for newly originated loans. He has guided the construction and funding of new proprietary reverse mortgage products and securitizations. From 2018-2022, Chris helped manage Longbridge’s growth in funded loans from $377 mm to $2.12 bn, propelling the company to become the industry’s fastest growing major reverse mortgage lender.

Previously he served as Senior Vice Dean and Director of the Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, where he continues to teach today. Dr. Mayer received his PhD in Economics from MIT and has held positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Federal Reserve. Chris has spent his career writing on housing and mortgages. His research has been published in top academic journals and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. During the Financial Crisis, he often engaged with policy makers, testifying six times before Senate and House Committees and writing for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Chris is often quoted in the press, including The New York TimesBloombergThe Wall Street JournalNational Public Radio, and new media such as Vice Media and Yahoo Finance. A true innovator and “Industry Changemaker,” Chris is committed to helping today’s older Americans responsibly tap their home equity to have a more secure and satisfying retirement.


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