PhoenixTeam is a Washington Business Journal Business of Pride 2022 Honoree 

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Leaders and companies are recognized for programs, practices and policies that advance LGBTQIA+ equality and leadership in the workplace throughout the Greater Washington Area and beyond. 

ARLINGTON, VA, May 20, 2022 – PhoenixTeam is a Washington Business Journal Business of Pride in the Greater Washington area honoree! The award recognizes companies and business leaders for outstanding practices in advancing LGBTQIA+ leadership and equality, and blazing the trail for diversity and inclusion in the corporate world.  

“As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so famously reminded us, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ This award reminds me that when we have power and privilege, it is our responsibility to use it to bend the arc towards justice,” says Tela Mathias, Managing Partner and COO. “To create access where it did not exist previously and invent a new way of doing business, one that realizes fairness and a commitment to the core values we practice at PhoenixTeam. It’s in our blood as a company and a community.” 

PhoenixTeam’s commitment to diversity and inclusion sits at the core of our company as a minority and woman-founded business in the overwhelmingly male and white-dominated financial technology and housing industries. In alignment with our dedication to representation, PhoenixTeam launched the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) initiative in 2020 to empower our village members to reinforce the appreciation and acceptance of all through education and empathy. PhoenixTeam is also home to eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including a LGBTQIA+ group, where team members may share, listen, and learn about and within their respective communities. In conjunction with I.D.E.A. and ERGs the Phoenix Way aims to educate Phoenicians and ensure a compassionate workspace where people of all identities feel safe and accepted.

PhoenixTeam has also led external diversity and inclusion efforts alongside the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) to make high-quality substance-use healthcare accessible to all, with an emphasis on the LGBTQIA+ community. Through the partnership, several initiatives were launched within the HBFF including continuous I.D.E.A. training and implementation, and an LGBTQIA+ audit alongside JustUs Health, a nonprofit by the Minnesota AIDS Project and Rainbow Health Initiative dedicated to health equity for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

To learn more about PhoenixTeam company culture and the values that lead the Phoenix Way, visit 

View the complete list of Business of Pride honorees and more information regarding the Awards Event here.


Melanie Lewis, Partner

About PhoenixTeam: 

PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us