Erin Stafford is a Managing Director with DBRS, Inc. in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) group responsible for DBRS CMBS ratings activity in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to being appointed Head of North American CMBS in 2009, she managed CMBS surveillance for DBRS-rated transactions and commercial mortgage servicer evaluations.
Ms. Stafford has over 20 years of experience working at rating agencies in the CMBS industry. Prior to joining DBRS, Ms. Stafford was with Fitch Ratings in the CMBS group with a focus on monitoring ratings of existing CMBS transactions. She has served as a co-chair of the Post Securitization committee of the CRE Finance Council (formerly CMSA) and as Chair for the Servicer's Forum of the CRE Finance Council. Industry work for the CRE Finance Council also includes a White Paper on Canadian Defeasance and conducting IRP Tutorials as part of the Council's educational initiatives. Erin has also served as Chair of the International Committee for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and currently serves as a member of the board of governors (COMBOG).
Ms. Stafford holds a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a concentration in real estate and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.