MINDA JOHNSTONE, CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER
With more than 35 years of experience in commercial real estate lending, Minda has originated, approved and managed over $2 billion in loans over her career and overseen problem loan portfolios exceeding $500 million. Prior to starting Freedom, Minda spent four years at PCS as its Chief Underwriter, contributing materially to the firm’s significant increase in volume and absence of troubled loans. Her banking career started at First National Bank of Chicago in
Chicago; spanned 16 years as Team Manager and Senior Vice President at City National Bank in Beverly Hills, where she earned its Blue Ladder Award; and continued as Commercial Real Estate Manager and Executive Vice President at a local community bank. Minda served 10 years as Director and Treasurer of HomeAid - Los Angeles -Ventura County Chapter. She is a past President of Commercial Real Estate Women of Los Angeles and served on CREW-LA’s advisory board. Minda holds a BA from Northwestern University and a MBA from SMU.