Laurie Anne Maggiano of Middleburg, VA passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 7, 2018. Born January 3, 1954 –a surprise to those of you who have long celebrated her birthday on June 20th as she (and the Queen) insisted. Laurie was born to Audrey and Andrew Bergner, who was told she would never walk or make it past the age of five. Laurie defied any limitations and became a passionate, loving and kind force for good. She leaves behind her sons, Grey Scott and Chase Andrew, their spouses Monica and Chris, and her doted-upon grandchildren, Isabella and Nicolas, as well as her three brothers and dear sister, many nieces, and nephews, and friends who she considered family. Her husband, Ron Maggiano and granddaughter Audrey Grace Maggiano preceded her in death in 2014.
An ardent and accomplished champion for homeownership, Laurie was the Servicing and Secondary Markets Program Manager at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and was a nationally recognized authority on default management and foreclosure prevention. She was previously Director of Policy at the Office of Homeownership Preservation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she was one of the architects of the Making Home Affordable Program and Acting Director of Single Family Asset Management at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before entering government service, she spent 20 years in the mortgage and banking industry. Among many other accolades, she received a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Five Star Institute and was named a HousingWire Woman of Influence in 2012 and 2013. Her work continues to benefit hundreds of thousands of homeowners across the country
She was as devoted to her work as she was to her community. She served on the vestry and as treasurer of Emmanuel Episcopal Church Middleburg, organizing the annual Christmas Shop benefit fundraiser. A trained actress, she was a beloved and long-time member of The Middleburg Players. She supported local organizations – like Samaritan Ministries in Washington DC, Seven Loaves, her local food bank, and international organizations – like The Heifer Project, and Five Talents, International. In addition to her work teaching budgeting and business planning for women entrepreneurs with Five Talents, International, she is also credited with inventing the ‘Byumba Rumba’ – a dance that concluded the week-long training session she led in Byumba, Rwanda.
Laurie loved to travel, meet new people and brought joy to wherever she was. The role Laurie served most proudly was that of mother to her beloved sons and grandmother.
Her life was celebrated with a service of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 20th at 11 am at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to two organizations she cared about and embody her life’s work of helping others: Heifer Project International or The Andy Bergner Center (contributions to Emmanuel Church Middleburg — Memo: The Andy Bergner Center).