MAPPING THE WAY
Jennifer Song’s upbringing is a story of perseverance, determination and hard work. Born in Evreux, France on Mother’s Day, she and her twin brother’s arrival was a gift to their parents, who had immigrated from Wenzhou, China in pursuit of a dream to establish their retail business.
Despite not speaking French, Jennifer’s parents were able to learn and integrate into the community while running their business. As Jennifer and her brother grew older, their parents made plans to move once more to provide their children with the best education and life possible. This led them to Fairfax, Virginia, where they continue to operate their business to this day.
The sacrifices Jennifer’s parents made paid off. After graduating high school, Jennifer and her brother pursued higher education on opposite coasts of the U.S. Jennifer attended Carnegie Mellon University and earned her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in business technology.
As she prepared to graduate, Jennifer was looking for a job that aligned closely with her studies. In 2020, she accepted a real estate analyst position at Freddie Mac. Three years later, she now works as a product owner. As a product owner, Jennifer maintains the applications within myOptigo® to ensure Freddie Mac producers, underwriters and Optigo® lenders can conduct business in a streamlined and efficient way. This work directly supports the successful delivery of our results. Jennifer’s success is a testament to her parents’ hard work and sacrifice, as well as her own determination and drive.
Jennifer and her family in Paris
What do you like about working at Freddie Mac?
A: I like my role as a product owner. It gives me a unique and well-rounded perspective on the products and services I support. My role allows me to see all sides of a project. From the initial brainstorming and discovery phases all the way to the final delivery, I’m involved in every step. It’s quite a holistic experience.
How do you think Freddie Mac promotes diversity/inclusivity?
A: In my experience, Freddie Mac is one of the companies that does a better job promoting diversity and inclusivity. I see this in the people I work with, many of whom come from different backgrounds, experiences and walks of life. Freddie Mac is also proactively pushing a wide range of resources that support diversity and inclusion. These include Business Resource Groups (BRG), support hotlines and mentors to name a few. I personally joined three BRGs since starting here: Rising Leaders, Green and InspirASIAN: Asians Supporting Inclusion and Awareness Network.
Climbing the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, in Oahu, Hawaii
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month. Is there an Asian American figure, historical or personal, whom you admire?
A: Without a doubt, my family, and my parents in particular. Their journey from China to France and then the U.S. without knowing the language or culture was brave. Their determination to provide me and my brother with a better life, despite the challenges and dangers of immigration laws, is truly inspiring.
Their love and support throughout my life has motivated me to be the best version of myself. I’ll always be grateful for their sacrifices.