National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals
Founder/President & CEO
Jeff Berger is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker and resides in Jupiter, Florida. Jeff is a dedicated advocate for LGBT equality and in May of 2007 with a vision of advocacy and business he founded NAGLREP, the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. Jeff studied marketing at Boston University School of Management. Prior to his career in real estate and marketing, he worked in the financial services industry as a stockbroker in lower Manhattan during the 1990’s.
Janis Lippman is an award winning Realtor with Compass serving Jamaica Plain / Boston, Massachusetts. Janis is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and Greater Boston Association of Realtors.
Her board experience includes the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition – board member 2003 -2009, board president 2007-2009. She is a supporter of: Human Rights Campaign, Fenway Community Health, Pine Street Inn, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, GLAAD, & Mass Equality. Janis also is involved with Aids activism including Volunteer/Community Servings, Volunteer/Boston Living Center, Volunteer/AIDS Action Committee, participated in the first Boston to New York AIDS Ride 1995. Janis has a degree in Business Management, BS degree/Northeastern University.
Bruce Williams is a Broker with eXp Realty in Greensboro, North Carolina. Bruce is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors, and is a board member of the National Association of Realtors Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee.
Eric Axelson is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty in Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® (PAR), and Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR). He also serves as a member of the Business Issues Subcommittee, Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® (PAR), and he is a District Trustee of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR). In addition, Eric is a member of the following GPAR committees and taskforces: Member Government Affairs Committee, Member REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), Member Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee, Member REALTOR® Awards Taskforce.
The Advisory Board of NAGLREP is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of our Board of Directors in order to more effectively market and govern NAGLREP.
Teresa Palacios Smith
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at HSF Affiliates LLS which operates three real estate brands: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. Teresa oversees the franchisor’s commitment to increase diversity among its brokerage networks helping them mirror the diversity of the communities they serve. She comes to her position from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, where she was vice president of Business Development.
Monty D. Smith
Senior Vice President, Company Generated Business for NRT – the nation’s #1 ranked residential brokerage company 19 years running. Smith has responsibility of NRT’s three major “company generated” business segments – Relocation/Affinity, Internet, and Powered by Zip/ZipRealty Residential Brokerage. Together, these channels brought 42,210 closed transaction sides representing over $15 billion in volume in 2015.
Smith began his real estate career in 1992 with Burnet Relocation. He was promoted to Vice President of Client Development in 1994, and three years later, he was named as President of Burnet Relocation. Additionally, he assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Coldwell Banker Burnet Home Services in 2000. Smith was named NRT’s National Senior Vice President of Relocation and Client development in 2002.
A resident of South Orange, NJ, Smith was a member of the Google Real Estate Advisory Board and the Trulia Advisory Board, and is currently on the DotLoop Advisory Board. He is a member of Worldwide ERC (WERC), holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation and in 2016 was a recipient of a WERC Meritorious Service Award. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Florida.
Strategic Marketing Director for First American Title. Jennifer has held this role for the past 11 years with responsibilities for managing all specialized market initiatives including: Hispanic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Asian Indian, LGBTQ, generational marketing & other programs.
Prior to coming to First American, Jennifer worked as a Business Advisor & Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua for three years. She dedicated herself to helping women create and grow small businesses. After returning to the U.S., she earned her MBA with a specialization in International Marketing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in International Business.
Business Information Officer at SunTrust Morgage. Tricia joined us from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she served as Assistant Director, Mortgage markets. During a career that spans more than 25 years, Tricia has been accountable for creating and leading highly motivated and effective organizations that design, develop and implement business and technology solutions to meet organization goals. As a market leader in the Single Family Mortgage Business developing and delivering technology solutions, she gained invaluable management experience in the areas of sourcing, affordable lending, origination, secondary marketing, securitization, often managing multi-million dollar operating and technology budgets. In addition to working for the CFPB, Tricia has worked at HUD, FHA, the National Association of Realtors and Freddie Mac.
She has earned industry recognition as a Top Ten Mortgage Technologist. “Top Manager During Tough Times,” as well as being published and quoted in a variety of publications and blogs including the Urban Institute Forum on Disruptive Mortgage technology, the eSignature podcast for the National Association of Realtors, the Washington Post, Diversity Journal and more.
Tricia’s commitment to diversity was acknowledged in 2011 by Diversity Best Practices. As a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community, she was honored with the “Above and Beyond Award” in the Executive Sponsor & Champion Category for her many years as sponsor of Freddie Mac’s Lambda diversity network.
The NAGLREP Policy Committee is a collective of leading national members with a mission to affect housing policy as it relates to equality for the LGBT community.
NAGLREP publishes the following Policy on behalf of our membership
Resolution Concerning Federal Fair Housing Law for LGBT Community
Whereas, federal law protects certain classes from discrimination in all aspects of housing;
Whereas, the LGBT community remains a frequent target for discrimination;
Whereas, free and fair housing is the foundation of a thriving economic market; and
Whereas, a majority of the states of the union do not provide any fair housing protections to members of the LGBT community; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) prioritizes as a policy proposal, the addition of LGBT protections to the federal Fair Housing Act; and
Resolved, further, that NAGLREP work with the National Association of Realtors and Civil Rights non profits to push for LGBT inclusion in federal fair housing laws.
Resolution Concerning LGBT Protections at HUD
Whereas, there are no federal laws protecting the fair housing rights of LGBT people;
Whereas, the only federal agency that has previously adopted guidance protecting the equal rights of LGBT people is the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
Whereas, HUD’s new leadership under Secretary Ben Carson and President Donald Trump have raised concerns about their commitment to LGBT equality;
Whereas, the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is a stakeholder at HUD; and
Whereas, HUD maintains some authority to protect and defend the equal housing rights of the LGBT community; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of NAGLREP prioritizes as a policy proposal, monitoring and working with HUD staff and leadership to ensure protections for the LGBT community are not rolled back or negatively impaired in any way.
Chair – Jack Barry
Jack is in his 15 year in real estate and has served on a variety of LGBT commissions and boards. He is a current Director of the National Association of REALTORS, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, and the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jack leads the Jack Barry Team with Keller Williams.
Co-Chair – Angela Jones
Prior to becoming an award winning REALTOR in Washington DC, Angela’s career included 12 years as a broadcast journalist and 16 years as a public relations professional. She is the 2016 Past President of the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS, and served on the 2016 NAR Diversity Committee.
Policy Advisor – John Graff
John Graff decided to get into real estate after a 10 year career in politics where he worked in public policy and outreach with candidates and elected officials ranging from the Los Angeles Board of Education, to Members of Congress and even President of the United States. John is a veteran of the United States Navy where he trained as a submarine sonar technician. With a passion for public service and assisting those in need of support, John turned his eye toward an industry riddled with confusion and less-than trustworthy “sales agents”. John wanted to bring to real estate the same level of integrity, honor and loyal service that he has already provided you as a Sailor in the US Navy and as a public servant.
Jan Carolyn Hardy