Director, Federal Legislative & Political Affairs – National Association of Realtors

Position Summary:

The Director of Federal Legislative and Political Affairs serves as NAR’s liaison with members of Congress and their staffs, and with coalitions, to further NAR’s federal legislative agenda and goals. Essential duties will include to: Develop professional relationships with Members, staff and the Executive Branch and political party officials that yield NAR legislative support, timely access, political and legislative intelligence, high profile and legislative/political support; Work with political field representatives to maximize the effectiveness of NAR’s grassroots and RPAC activities, in order to favorably impact the outcome of federal legislative/political initiatives. Develop and manage proactive legislative and political strategy to accomplish federal policy objectives on priority issues within assigned issue area (tax, environment, housing, real estate finance and business); and, Provide strategic and legislative updates to key audiences when Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Chief Lobbyist is not available.

Position Location:

Washington, D.C.

Total Lobby Spend:

2018: $53,780,000

2017: $54,500,000

2016: $64,690,000

2018 Contributions:


Contribution Split:         

50% Democrats / 50% Republicans

Core Issues:

Finance, Real Estate & Land Use, Taxes, Housing, Consumer Product Safety, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Animals, Copyright, Patent & Trademark, Disaster & Emergency Planning, Energy & Nuclear Power, Environment & Superfund, Immigration, Insurance, Labor, Antitrust & Workplace, Government Issues, Health Issues, Computers & Information Tech

Outside Counsel:

The National Association of Realtors, in 2018, retained the American Continental Group, the California Association of Realtors, Capitol Counsel, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

American Continental Group 

Manus Cooney – President, TCH Group – President, Potomac Counsel – Senior Vice President, Napster – Chair, Board of Directors, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senate Judiciary Committee, United States Senate – Coach, Special Olympics Maryland – J.D., University of Baltimore – B.A., Villanova University –

Capitol Counsel 

John D Raffaelli – Counsel for Tax and International Trade, Senator Lloyd Brentsen, United States Senate – Founder, Chairman, The Washington Group – Partner, Bishop, Cook, Purcell, and Reynolds – Attorney Advisor, Chief Judge Samuel Sterrett, U.S. Tax Court – Staff Assistant, Congressman Wright Patman, U.S. House of Representatives – Managing Trustee, Democratic National Committee – Member, Clinton–Gore National Finance Committee – Vice–chair, Kerry for President – Member, President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center – Member, Board of Directors, Susan G. Komen Foundation – L.L.M., New York University Law School – J.D., University of Arkansas Law School – B.S., American University –

In–House Counsel:

Colin Allen – Legislative Representative, National Association of Realtors – Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, United States Senate – Special Assistant to the Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics – BA, American Government and Politics (US), University of Virginia –

Dan Blair – Lobbyist, National Association of Realtors –

Megan (Harrington) Booth – Director, Federal Housing, Valuation, Commercial Real Estate Policy & Programs, Senior Policy Analyst, National Association of Realtors – Legislative Analyst, Bovis – Office Manager/Legislative Assistant, American Maritime Officers, Personal Assistant, United States House of Representatives – M.P.A. Public Policy, George Mason University – BA, Political Science and Government, The George Washington University –

Charlie Dawson – Managing Director, Regulatory Policy and Industry Relations, Senior Policy Representative, Financial Services, National Association of Realtors – Development/Sales Consultant, Niseko Real Estate – Development, Grindmore Properties Inc. – Agent, Coldwell Banker – BA, Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison –

Christie DeSanctis – Director, Federal Banking, Lending, and Housing Finance Policy, Regulatory Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Professional Staff Member, U.S. House of Representatives – Research Analyst, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Minority Staff – Legal Fellow, Patient Performance Institute, Deputy Finance Director, Charlie Summers for U.S. Senate – Administrative Assistant, South Carolina College of Pharmacy – Sales Associate, Breckenridge Ski Enterprises – JD, University of Maine School of Law – BS, Psychology, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech –

Helen Devlin – Senior Lobbyist, National Association of Realtors – Hanover College – MPA, Public Policy Analysis, George Mason University –

Ken Fears – Senior Policy Representative, Banks, Lending and Housing Finance, Senior Policy Representative, Policy Analytics, Manager, Regional Economics and Housing Finance, Manager, Regional Economics, Economist, National Association of Realtors – Research Assistant, American Enterprise Institute – MSc. Economist, The University of Texas at Austin – BS, Economics, History, Syracuse University –

Jerry Giovaniello – Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, National Association of Realtors –

Jamie Gregory – Vice President, Congressional Relations, Managing Diector, Legislative Advocacy, Senior Legislative Representative, Legislative Representative, Political Representative, Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Realtors – Special Assistant/Legislative Liaison, Office of the Prince Goerges County Executive – Campaign Staff, Prince Georgians for Glendening – District Director, Special Projects Director, U.S. House of Representatives – Campaign Manager, McMillen for Congress – Fundraising/Field Reperesentative – BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland –

Joe Harris – Senior Legislative Representative (Federal Lobbyist), Legislative Representative (Federal Lobbyist), National Association of Realtors – Vice President, Artemis Strategies, LLC – Counsel, Office of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) – Legislative Counsel, Office of U.S. Representative John M. Spratt, Jr (D-SC) – Summer Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough – Law Clerk – South Carolina Legal Services – Legislative Assistant, U.S. Representative John M. Spratt, Jr. – JD University of South Carolina School of Law – BA History, Davidson College –

Evan Liddiard – Director, Federal Tax Policy, National Association of Realtors – Adjunct Professor, American University Kogod School of Buseiness – Member, GAO Toastmasters Club – Partner, Urban Swirski & Associates – Sr. Tax Policy Adviser, Senator Orrin G. Hatch – Parnter, KPMG – Sr. Tax Policy Adviser – Tax Manager, Deloitte Haskins & Sells – Master Taxation, American University, Kogod School of Business – Master, Legislative Affairs, The George Washington University – University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, BS, Accounting –

Austin Perez – Senior Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Univeristy of California, Berkeley –

Russell Riggs – Senior Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Senior Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments – Policy Analyst, National Governors Association – Program Analyst, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Master’s Degree, Public Administration – MA, Public Policy, Tufts University – BA, Political Science and Government, Virginia Commonwealth University –

Marcia Salkin – Managing Director, Legislative Policy, National Association of Realtors – Director, Public Policy, California Association of Realtors – MCP & PhD Candidate – City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley – Master’s Degree, Urban Geography, Oklahoma State University – Master’s Program, Urabn and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – BS, Geography, University of California, Davis –

Sehar Siddiqi – Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Research Associate, Independent Contractor at Valeo Partners – Legislative and Policy Analyst, National Neighbors Silver, Special Assistant to the Chief Program Officer, National Community Reinvestment Coalition – Attorney, Seward & Kissel LLP – AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps – JD, Law, University of Michigan Law School – BA with Honors, History and French, The Ohio State University –

Erin Stackley – Senior Policy Representative, Commercial Issues, Commercial Legislative Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Law Fellow, NFIB – Law Clerk, Army Chief Attorney and Legal Services – Staff Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bod Goodlatte (VA-06) – JD, Law, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School – BA, Political Science, James Madison University –

Joe Ventrone – Vice President, Vice President Regulatory and Industry Relations, National Association of Realtors – Deputy Staff Director, House Financial Services Committee – Housing Programs Officer, US Dept of HUD – American University –

Ken Wingert – Head of Federal Government Relations, Zillow Group – Senior Legislative Representative, Legislative Representative, Political Representative, National Association of Realtors – Regional Political Manager, Associated Builders & Contractors – Political Director/Communications Director, Stan Thompson for Congress – Master’s Real Estate Finance, Georgetown University – BA with Honors, Political Science and Communications, Univeristy of Iowa –

Melanie Wyne – Senior Technogology Policy Represntative – Director, Public Polic, CompTIA – Vice President Policy & Compliance, Psoom Inc. – Senior Vice President, Bank of America – JD, University of San Francisco School – BA Economics/Political Science, University of California San Diego –

Vijay Yadlapati – Senior Legislitive Policy Representative, Financial Services, Commercial Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors – Senior Legislative Liaison, Institute of Real Estate Management – Government Affairs Manager, Legislative Liaison, CCIM Institute – Policy Analyst, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Legislative Specialist, State Universitites Annuitants Association – Legislative Intern, Political and Legislative Consultant – Paula Johnson Purdue – Masters, Political Science, University of Illinois Springfield – BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign –

Sarah Young – Director, Real Estate Services, National Association of Realtors – Regulatory Policy Representative, Member of National Association of Realtors – Budget Analyst, Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget – Professional Staff, US House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Financial Services – BA English Language and Literature/Letters, Hamilton College – MPA, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs –

115th Congressional Session Bills:

H.R.1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

H.R.2 – Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs Act of 2018

H.R.5 – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

H.R.8 – Water Resources Development Act of 2018

H.R.10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

H.R.26 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017

H.R.33 – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2017

H.R.94 – Build a Better VA Act

H.R.109 – Mortgage Insurance Tax Deduction Act of 2017

H.R.110 – Mortgage Debt Tax Forgiveness Act of 2017

H.R.116 – Main Street Fairness Act

H.J.RES.123 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.123 – FHA Alternative Credit Pilot Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

H.R.195 – Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act

H.R.247 – Health Savings Account Expansion Act of 2017

H.R.299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018

H.R.302 – TSA Modernization Act

H.R.435 – The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2017

H.R.516 – Tax Benefit for Homeownership Clarification Act

H.R.601 – Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2017

H.R.620 – ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

H.R.708 – State Age Rating Flexibility Act of 2017

H.R.717 – Listing Reform Act

H.R.764 – Housing America’s Workforce Act of 2017

H.R.795 – Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act

H.R.815 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to adjust certain limits on the guaranteed amount of a home loan under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R.836 – HOME Act

H.R.879 – Flood Insurance Integrity Act of 2017

H.R.898 – Credit Score Competition Act of 2017

H.R.916 – Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act of 2017

H.R.998 – Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act

H.R.1004 – Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017

H.R.1009 – OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act

H.R.1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

H.R.1153 – Mortgage Choice Act of 2017

H.R.1158 – Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2017

H.R.1274 – State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act

H.R.1321 – To amend the National Housing Act to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to issue guidance to reduce up-front premiums for FHA-insured mortgages if the capital ratio of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund exceeds the statutory limit, and for other purposes.

H.R.1370 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.1401 – Flood Insurance Fairness Act of 2017

H.R.1422 – Private Flood Insurance Market Development Act of 2017

H.R.1423 – National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2017

H.R.1447 – Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017

H.R.1502 – To terminate the EB-5 program.

H.R.1625 – Wireless Telecommunications Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act

H.R.1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017

H.R.1635 – Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial

Counseling Act

H.R.1661 – Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017

H.R.1694 – Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017

H.R.1699 – Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2017

H.R.1758 – Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2017

H.R.1892 – SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018

H.R.1958 – Protecting Americans from Credit Entanglements Act of 2017

H.R.2004 – Strengthen Employment And Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act

H.R.2148 – Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans

H.R.2193 – Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017

H.R.2246 – Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act of 2017

H.R.2262 – Free Credit Score Act of 2017

H.R.2477 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act

H.R.2543 – Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act of 2017

H.R.2565 – To require the use of replacement cost value in determining the premium rates for flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Act, and for other purposes.

H.R.2603 – Saving America�s Vulnerable and Endangered Species Act

H.R.2777 – Give Veterans Home Loan Choices Act of 2017

H.R.2808 – First Time Homeowner Savings Plan Act

H.R.2862 – Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

H.R.2868 – National Flood Insurance Program Policyholder Protection Act of 2017

H.R.2874 – 21st Century Flood Reform Act

H.R.2875 – National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 2017

H.R.2887 – No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017

H.R.2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

H.R.2997 – 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act

H.R.3089 – Corporate Transparency Act of 2017

H.R.3131 – Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act

H.R.3170 – Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2017

H.R.3267 – Science Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.3354 – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

H.R.3441 – Save Local Business Act

H.R.3446 – Restoring Board Immunity Act of 2017

H.R.3471 – American Job Creation and Investment Into Public Works Reform Act of 2017

H.R.3507 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent and modify the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction, and for other purposes.

H.R.3608 – Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act

H.R.3755 – Comprehensive Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act of 2017

H.R.3766 – Credit Information Protection Act of 2017

H.R.3823 – Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017

H.R.3878 – Free Credit Freeze Act

H.R.3896 – Secure and Protect Americans Data Act

H.R.3911 – Risk-Based Credit Examination Act

H.R.3971 – Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017

H.R.4159 – Making FHA More Affordable Act of 2017

H.R.4508 – PROSPER Act

H.R.4668 – Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2017

H.R.4682 – Open Internet Preservation Act

H.R.4905 – Improvement of Mapping, Addresses, Geography, Elevations, and Structures Act of 2018

H.R.5078 – TRID Improvement Act of 2018

H.R.5237 – Fast Help For Homeowners Act

H.R.5266 – Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2018

H.R.5287 – Preserving Access to Rural Installment Transactions for Years Act of 2018

H.R.5430 – Puerto Rico Real Estate Exchange Fairness Act of 2018

H.R.5534 – GUIDE Compliance Act

H.R.5559 – Scientific Flood Mapping Act

H.R.5693 – Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act

H.R.5793 – Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018

H.R.5846 – Promoting Flood Risk Mitigation Act

H.R.5913 – Family Tax Deduction Improvement Act

H.R.6189 –  Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2018

H.R.6220 – Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act of 2018

H.R.6252 – Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2018

H.R.6344 – LOCAL Act of 2018

H.R.6345 – Ensuring Meaningful Petition Outreach While Enhancing Rights of States Act of 2018

H.R.6346 – WHOLE Act of 2018

H.R.6354 – STORAGE Act of 2018

H.R.6355 – Providing ESA Timing Improvements That Increase Opportunities for Nonlisting Act of 2018

H.R.6356 – LIST Act of 2018

H.R.6360 – PREDICTS Act of 2018

H.R.6364 – Localizing Authority of Management Plans Act of 2018

H.R.6379 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018

H.R.6515 – Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief and Reform Act of 2018

H.R.6545 – Stop Infant Mortality And Recidivism Reduction Act

H.R.6682 – Protection and Transparency for Adjacent Landowners Act

H.R.6695 – Trademark Licensing Protection Act of 2018

H.R.6724 – Protecting Businesses from Burdensome Compliance Cost Act of 2018

H.R.6737 – Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018

H.R.6746 – Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act of 2018

H.R.6760 – Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018

H.R.6824 – Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018

S.22 – Nevada Land Sovereignty Act

S.28 – Health Savings Account Expansion Act of 2017

S.96 – Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017

S.110 – Digital Coast Act

S.149 – Terrorism Survivors Student Loan Deferment Act

S.232 – A bill to terminate the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to the other employment-based visa classifications.

S.290 – HOME Act

S.385 – Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act

S.425 – Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2017

S.548 – Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017

S.562 – A bill for the relief of Ruben Mkoian, Asmik Karapetian, and Arthur Mkoian.

S.563 – Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act

S.584 – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

S.645 – Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2018

S.707 – Main Street Fairness Act

S.792 – Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017

S.838 – Protecting Americans from Credit Entanglements Act of 2017

S.951 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

S.964 – MY DATA Act of 2017

S.976 – Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017

S.1162 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act

S.1176 – Repay Act of 2017

S.1182 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018

S.1313 – Agreed Value Flood Protection Program Act of 2017

S.1328 – Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017

S.1368 – Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

S.1390 – Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience Patents Act of 2017

S.1428 – Small Business Cyber Training Act of 2017

S.1445 – Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act

S.1454 – True Incorporation Transparency for Law Enforcement Act

S.1571 – National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

S.1685 – Credit Score Competition Act of 2017

S.1717 – Corporate Transparency Act of 2017

S.1816 – Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act

S.1842 – Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

S.1845 – Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017

S.2034 – SCORE for Small Business Act of 2017

S.2155 – Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

S.2179 – Data Security and Breach Notification Act

S.2256 – Tax Extender Act of 2017

S.2405 – Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans

S.2490 – TRID Improvement Act of 2018

S.2510 – Open Internet Preservation Act

S.2800 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

S.2976 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

S.3021 – Water Resources Development Act of 2018

S.3128 – A bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.

S.3231 – Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2018

S.3336 – International Cybercrime Prevention Act

S.3374 – South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2018

S.3503 – Community Reinvestment Reform Act of 2018

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