Lawrence Washington Jr.

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Lawrence Washington Jr.
Lead Underwriter
Freddie Mac
McLean, VA.
Age: 26

Lawrence Washington Jr. is much more than a lead underwriter at Freddie Mac. The former professional Division 1 tennis player is the founder of IWM Sports Management LLC. “Life is really short and in order to do anything you want to do, you can do it but you have to make time for it,” he states.   Lawrence Washington Jr. is much more than a lead underwriter at Freddie Mac. The former professional Division 1 tennis player is the founder of IWM Sports Management LLC. “Life is really short and in order to do anything you want to do, you can do it but you have to make time for it,” he states.

Washington graduated, summa cum laude, from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from Georgetown University with a master’s in real estate finance, and holds a leadership certification at Cornell University. This versatile businessman and athlete previously worked in product management for NASDAQ and as a financial analyst for AmeriSphere Multifamily, a mortgage banking company. He is one of the youngest underwriters at Freddie Mac, but not too young to receive the company’s prestigious Above and Beyond Award, which he did in December 2016.

Washington is still active on the competitive tennis circuit and was a quarter finalist in the 2016 U.S. Open National Playoffs Tournament. He became interested in the sport after watching his older brother receive lessons. Today, he is a vice chairman of the United States Tennis Association, appointed by the association’s first African-American president and CEO. He has received numerous accolades, but admits that he is most proud of the work he does with his mentees, whom he always admonishes, “Don’t be average!” to which they respond, “Never that!”

The future holds great promise for the 26-year-old Washington, who already has set his sights on his next goal: running for public office at the state or federal level. “I cannot stop working on behalf of other people when there needs to be someone in their corner,” he declares. “I was brought up to reach your hand out and pull each other up because that’s how you make this world a better place.”

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