Eric Kaplan

Eric Kaplan

Director, Center for Financial Markets

As director of the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets Housing Finance Program, Eric Kaplan focuses on the health, sustainability, and reform of the US housing finance ecosystem. He regularly engages policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders, and consumer advocates on such issues as the roles of public and private capital, primary and secondary market dynamics, and lending and servicing practices, maintaining a focus on consumer, industry, and systemic impact.

Kaplan brings over 27 years of housing and mortgage experience across a variety of finance, legal, and policy roles. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Kaplan served as a managing partner at Ranieri Strategies LLC, where he worked closely with founding partner and chairman, Lewis S. Ranieri, on FinTech opportunities and housing policy efforts. He joined Ranieri Strategies from Shellpoint Partners LLC, where he established a post-crisis, private-label residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) platform as head of mortgage finance. Kaplan is a leading industry advocate for the creation of new and improved mortgage-backed securitization standards to facilitate the return of private capital as a safe and scalable source of home financing.

Kaplan is chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (independent director), the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO), and the Cameron Kravitt Foundation. He is also a member of the Fixed Income Investor Network, serving as chair of its RMBS Task Force. Kaplan is a former board member of the Structured Finance Association, where he spearheaded and chaired the RMBS 3.0 Task Force and co-chaired the Residential Mortgage Committee. He also co-chaired a working group within the US Treasury Department Private Label Securitization Initiative. Kaplan holds an AB in politics from Princeton University and a JD from the Boston University School of Law.

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