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.
Jeffrey Buzzella, REALTOR Coldwell Banker
Veda Rai, IT Engineer
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.
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.
Kay Marshall is the SunTrust Mortgage Capital Markets Client Strategy Manager. She is responsible for developing and executing client portfolio and product strategies that identify emerging and current risk in the “held for investment” residential portfolio. Kay also identifies key emerging market opportunities and strategies to attract and serve new clients. In addition to these responsibilities, Kay created a Mortgage Deal Desk designed to structure and price mortgage transactions that are outside of the norm which enables SunTrust to serve a broader range of clients. She also manages the Secondary Lock Desk.
Kay represents SunTrust in a number of industry associations. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Corporate Board of Governors and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. Kay also serves on the Housing Policy Council working group for Limited English Proficiency (LEP). She recently developed and championed a LEP pilot at SunTrust to help the bank educate the growing Hispanic population across the SunTrust footprint about the benefits of homeownership. She also developed bi-lingual marketing material and a Center of Specialization with bi-lingual teammates.
Prior to joining SunTrust, Kay served in various managerial and leadership roles in commercial real estate holdings and the hospitality and leisure industry. Kay graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
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.
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