National Association of Real Estate Brokers Announces New Interim Director

Washington, D.C. May 17, 2021The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) announces the departure of Executive Director Antoine Thompson as of Monday, May 17, 2021. Mr. Thompson served in this role since 2015, during which time he worked toward the shared goal of advocating for equal housing opportunities for underserved communities throughout the United States. The Board of Directors has appointed long-term member and current National Relationship Manager C.Renee Wilson as its interim director. NAREB, founded in 1947, is the largest and oldest minority real estate trade association in America with a mission of “Democracy In Housing”. Members of NAREB are known as Realtists.

Ms. Wilson has worked with NAREB since 2005. She brings a strong professional background in the areas of law, banking and real estate, and a core understanding of NAREB’s mission and vision. Ms. Wilson has been instrumental in the coordination and production of numerous special projects, most notably the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) report, which provides a comprehensive view into the factors that impact and impede Black families from becoming homeowners. For over a decade, she has managed relationships that are key to the production of the annual NAREB Convention, which brings hundreds of Black professionals in the real estate industry together for training, networking, and career support. Ms. Wilson has also worked with the organization’s budget and finance committee to develop a comprehensive annual budget, and she has designed strategies to reach fundraising goals.

“We are in an unprecedented era in the history of our country, and organizations like NAREB need to be at the forefront, driving positive change for the Black community. Ms. Wilson has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with NAREB, and her appointment brings a level of continuity and stability important to our membership and partners as we carry on with the important work of ensuring equality and inclusivity within the real estate industry,” said NAREB President-elect Lydia Pope.

“For over 15 years, I have worked side by side with NAREB leadership and membership to help Black Americans share in the financial benefits of real estate and the attainment of the American dream of home ownership. I am grateful for the opportunity to now serve this important organization and the community at large in an even greater capacity. I appreciate the trust and confidence the board has placed in me, and I will continue working to advance the mission and vision of NAREB,” Wilson said.

Previously, Ms. Wilson was the principal owner and franchisee of United International Mortgage Bank. She also boasts vast experience in the legal profession as a paralegal and legal secretary with the prestigious firms of Fulbright & Jaworsky, LLC, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Wickes Companies.

The Board of Directors wishes Mr. Thompson much success in his future endeavors. The search for a permanent executive director is underway via an internal personnel committee. For more information about NAREB, visit www.nareb.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE BROKERS

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 to secure the right to equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed or color. NAREB has advocated for legislation and supported or instigated legal challenges that ensure fair housing, sustainable homeownership, and access to credit for Black Americans. Simultaneously, NAREB advocates for and promotes access to business opportunities for Black real estate professionals in each of the real estate disciplines.

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