Born in California, Roshan Ardalan Alavi spent most of her youth in Iran before returning to the United States in 1980. She and her husband, Hamid, have raised two sons who take pride in their Iranian heritage. Alavi, who oversees EagleBank’s mortgage sales and operations, has more than 30 years of hand-on mortgage lending, operations and management experience.
Q: How have you mentored or inspired others who are following in your footsteps?
A: I believe in leading by example—I would never ask an employee to do something I’m not willing or able to do. My understanding of what my staff deals with on a daily basis allows me to better support them, acknowledge their good work and encourage them to innovate. My team does not shy away from challenges and is always willing to go the extra mile, and their help is vital to my success.
Q: What do you love most about doing business in this area?
A: I am passionate about creating an environment in which home ownership is a possibility for all. There is a lot of work to be done, and I appreciate working in the nation’s capital, where federal and local housing initiatives are put into action. The work of affordable housing does not feel far away to me. Leading a department that helps people achieve their dreams of homeownership motivates and inspires me to work hard every day.
Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
A: Speak your mind and fight for what you believe in—the sky is the limit! After I had children, I had to restart my career from the bottom. When I joined EagleBank 10 years ago, I was inspired by our female CEO. I hope I can have a similar influence on my team, especially as a Persian woman leading a diverse group of employees.