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Fred Underwood is Director of Diversity and Community Outreach Programs at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and manages the Association’s diversity and fair housing program. Since 1990, Fred has led the Association as it moves to embrace diversity and fair housing. He staffs NAR’s Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee, and leads the development of NAR’s policy on fair housing. Fred initiated a comprehensive program on diversity in the housing market and developed precedent setting partnerships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to jointly address issues diversity, fair housing and outreach to the community. He maintains liaison with private fair housing and civil rights organizations and promotes cooperation between the housing industry and fair housing organizations.
Fred has a 25-year career in promoting fair housing and inclusive communities. Prior to coming to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in July 1990, Fred was an Equal Opportunity Specialist in HUD’s Chicago Regional Office. He previously coordinated the Fair Housing Program for the City of Evanston, Illinois, and was a tester and testing supervisor with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago. In the early 1980’s, Fred was Director of the Southwest Community Congress, an interracial coalition of grassroots organizations on Chicago’s southwest side. Fred has served in an advisory capacity for a number of organizations including the University of New Hampshire’s “Home of your own” project and the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.
Fred grew up in Seoul, Korea, where his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were missionaries for the Presbyterian Church. Fred has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds the RCE, REALTOR® Certified Executive, designation. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia.