Jeff Duke serves as Senior Managing Director and Chief Underwriting Officer for Newmark’s Multifamily Capital Markets Debt & Structured Finance group in the Western and Central U.S. Based in the Dallas office with almost 30 years of experience, Duke is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of GSE underwriting covering the Western and Central region offices, as well as process and product improvement initiatives.
Previously, Duke served in various credit roles, including Chief Underwriter and Deputy Chief Underwriter with more than 20 years of direct Fannie Mae DUS and Freddie Mac experience. Most recently, he was with Berkadia where he was instrumental in helping their annual Fannie Mae loan production grow tenfold, leading multiple efforts to streamline and improve the underwriting process both stateside and in India. Before that, he was the Chief Underwriter for AmeriSphere/NorthMarq. He also previously held credit positions at KeyBank and Arbor.
Duke has extensive experience with all multifamily products including conventional, affordable, seniors, military, student and manufactured housing communities as well as moderate rehabilitation, small loans and “green” mortgage loans. His passion is to grow businesses and develop talent within his teams.
Duke holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.