|Robert M. Couch|
Mr. Couch is Counsel to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, a law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Couch is also Chairman of ARK Real Estate Strategies, LLC. ARK helps banks and financial institutions evaluate, manage, and market foreclosed residential real estate. ARK is also the manager of the ARK Real Estate Opportunity Fund I, LLC, an investment fund focused on distressed residential real estate. Mr. Couch is a member of the Board of Directors of Prospect Holding Company, LLC, the parent company of Prospect Mortgage of Sherman Oaks, California. In December 2011, Mr. Couch was also appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. From June 2007 to November 2008, Mr. Couch served as General Counsel of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. From December 2006 until June 2007, Mr. Couch served as Acting General Counsel of HUD. Mr. Couch began his service at HUD as President of Ginnie Mae from June 2006 until June 2007. Prior to his government service, Mr. Couch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of New South Federal Savings Bank. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University. Mr. Couch also serves on the board of directors of American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: MTGE).