NAR fills out advocacy group that is ‘the envy of Washington’

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Bryan Greene, Helen Devlin and Joe Harris are shifting up the ranks of the 1.4 million-member commerce group’s lobbying operation.

The Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors, the most important commerce group within the U.S. at 1.4 million members, is filling out its heavy-hitting advocacy group with three promotions.

Bryan Greene, who joined NAR in November 2019 as its first director of honest housing, is being promoted to vp of coverage advocacy. He replaces Joe Ventrone, who will retire as of Dec. 31 and has served as a vp at NAR since 2003.

Bryan Greene

Earlier than becoming a member of NAR, Greene was a veteran of the U.S. Division of Housing and City Improvement (HUD), overseeing the enforcement of the Truthful Housing Act. He graduated from Harvard College in 1990 with a bachelor’s diploma in authorities.

At NAR, he helped develop a complete technique to fight bias within the U.S. actual property business and has carried out NAR’s honest housing plan, the commerce group mentioned in a press release. He was a ubiquitous determine throughout NAR’s Realtors Convention and Expo final month, which was heavily focused on fair housing.

Greene will preserve his honest housing position at NAR whereas additionally overseeing all the commerce group’s public coverage and business relations, NAR mentioned.

Joe Harris

Joe Harris, who joined NAR as a federal lobbyist in 2015 and have become its director of federal and legislative political affairs in January 2019, has been promoted to vp of presidency advocacy.

Earlier than his work at NAR, Harris spent eight years on Capitol Hill advising Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Congressman John Spratt (D-SC). In the midst of these years he earned a legislation diploma from the College of South Carolina, graduating in 2009. NAR mentioned Harris’s expertise and years of relationships in Congress helped the commerce group navigate via the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lastly, Helen Devlin, who joined NAR as a senior lobbyist in 2004 and has additionally beforehand served as its director of federal legislative and political affairs, has been promoted to vp of technique.

Helen Devlin

In accordance with NAR, Devlin has been “a fixture” on Capitol Hill since graduating from Hanover Faculty in 1988. She served as a chief of workers and legislative aide and in 1996 bought a grasp’s diploma in public administration with a concentrate on public coverage evaluation from George Mason College.

The commerce group credited Devlin with implementing reforms to NAR’s advocacy group, together with a “Name to Motion” program the commerce group mentioned had been extremely profitable and improved communication and collaboration between NAR members and their elected representatives.

“This group fills out a dream group of expertise and professionalism that can assist solidify our advocacy group’s place because the envy of Washington,” mentioned Shannon McGahn, chief advocacy officer of NAR in a press release.

Shannon McGahn | Photograph credit score: NAR

“Bryan, Joe and Helen are invaluable to our work with each lawmakers on Capitol Hill and regulators all through this metropolis, and I’m tremendously proud and excited to announce their promotions to those new and much-deserved roles.”

McGahn, a former official with the Trump administration, was NAR’s senior vp of presidency affairs earlier than she was promoted to chief advocacy officer on October 1, following the introduced retirement of Bill Malkasian, NAR’s former chief advocacy officer.

“Bryan, Joe and Helen are distinctive and skilled leaders, and I’m excited to see what they’ll accomplish of their new roles at NAR,” mentioned NAR CEO Bob Goldberg in a press release.

“I’ve acquired many compliments about our modernized and revamped advocacy operation, and these successes wouldn’t be attainable with out this group. With the muse and strategic imaginative and prescient laid out by Invoice Malkasian, Joe Ventrone and our new chief advocacy officer Shannon McGahn, we could have many extra successes to have a good time in 2021 and past.”

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