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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®


GCAAR requires all applicants for committees to be GCAAR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champions (that is, to have completed At Home with Diversity (AHWD), Fairhaven and NAR’s Implicit-Bias training, and reported your completion of these items to GCAAR – learn more).

Committee appointments are made only once each year, and the application process is currently closed. Thank you for your interest in serving on a GCAAR committee!

About committees

Committees are critical to the success of GCAAR’s members, and we deeply appreciate those who volunteer their time and professional expertise to the real estate community.  

The committee description and focus of work, as well as membership requirements and time commitment, can be found below.   

Our state and local associations also invite volunteer service on committees. Learn more for the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®, Maryland REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.


Community Service

The Community Service Committee identifies and plans community service activities with GCAAR’s strategic charitable partners and other non-profits that fall within GCAAR’s charitable priorities.  The committee also nominates the annual GCAAR Good Neighbor Award winner.   


Committee members should demonstrate a commitment to community service.  Members attend monthly meetings and attend or lead at least one community service activity per year. This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month from 1-2pm. 

2023 focus

  • Support the work of our strategic charitable partners and identify volunteer opportunities with both our partners and other non-profits.  
  • Increase participation and awareness of community service events among the general GCAAR membership.   
  • Raise awareness of the GCAAR Good Neighbor Award.   

Contact staff liaison: Barbara Seldes
Board liaison: Jordan Chronopoulos
Chair: Maria (Ruby) Garcia
Vice Chair: Charles Carp

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The mission of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is to identify opportunities for conversation and education, establish expectations of diversity and promote the practice of inclusion within our membership base and industry. 

Discrimination has no home here. 

The committee focuses its efforts in these areas: 

Personal growth:

  • GCAAR will create safe spaces for education and conversation centered around diversity and inclusion. 
  • Continue the History and Power of Real Estate webinar series. 
  • Provide resources to navigate and best engage in challenging conversations. 
  • Support, promote and collaborate with NAR multicultural groups to strengthen resources and opportunities for our members.

Business development:

  • Demonstrate that diversity is good for business and establish expectations. 
  • Promote and offer the At Home with Diversity certification to our members. 
  • Raise awareness about paths to homeownership for traditionally excluded communities. 
  • Seek opportunities to partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations supporting homeownership programs for traditionally excluded communities.


Members should demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They should also be  GCAAR DEI Champions.  Members attend monthly meetings and work between meetings individually or in subcommittees.   

2023 focus
In 2023, the Committee will focus on:

  • Growing the number of DEI Champions and increasing awareness of the program.
  • Building educational and business resources that can be shared with the membership through a communication campaign, website, or other channel.   
  • Identifying and advising staff on ways that diversity, equity, and inclusion can be a thru-line in GCAAR’s daily work.   
  • Identifying History and Power of Real Estate webinar topics and speakers. 

Contact staff liaisons:  Katherine GordonShiesha McNeil and Zac Trupp
Board liaison: M. Jacqueline Bennett
Chair: Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda
Vice Chair: Marty Stanton


The mission of the Forms Committee is to review the association's current forms and make recommendations for revisions. Forms can be reviewed in response to legislative or regulatory requirements, and/or significant changes to either market conditions or industry best practices.

REALTOR® members must demonstrate extensive experience with GCAAR forms as evidenced by transaction counts over the past three years, or in the case of the broker/manager or team leader/trainer, the number of transactions processed in the office or by the team. Prior experience on another GCAAR committee is preferred, but not required. Members must attend monthly meetings, which occur on the second Wednesday of each month. “Homework” between meetings includes extensive reading, proofing and/or editing forms.

Contact staff liaison: Zac Trupp
Board liaison: James T. Kim
Chair: Samantha Damato
Vice Chair: Marjorie Rosner

The Grievance Committee is the Grand Jury for ethics complaints, arbitration requests, and SentriLock violations. The committee reviews filed documents and determines whether to forward cases to the Professional Standards Committee for hearings.

Members are appointed for three-year terms and should have a deep understanding of and commitment to the Code of Ethics (COE).  Members attend 2-hour monthly meetings. “Homework” between meetings includes reading and analyzing cases filed and attending the professional standards training seminar in January.

2023 focus
  • Grow the number of trained ombuds people and increase the utilization of ombuds services to promote dispute resolution between parties.
  • Promote member awareness/education regarding their ethical obligations and understanding of the grievance process (i.e., ethics, arbitration, SentriLock).
  • Increase training opportunities for the committee to further their COE education.

Contact staff liaison: Tammie Grice
Board liaison: Carlos Evans

Chair: Bryan Waters
Vice Chair: Virginia Gergoff

Professional Standards

Professional Standards Committee members sit on hearing panels for cases involving Code of Ethics complaints, arbitration requests, and SentriLock violations.


Members must attend quarterly training meetings focusing on case studies and exercises from the NAR Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual and serve on hearing panels, as necessary (up to three hearings per month). In order to serve on the Professional Standards Committee, a member must have served on the Grievance Committee for three (3) years. "Homework" for this committee includes analyzing assigned case files prior to each hearing as well as drafting hearing panel decisions.

2023 focus

  • Grow the number of trained chairpersons for ethics and arbitration hearings.
  • Promote REALTORS®' professionalism in the practice of real estate.
  • Increase the number of training opportunities for committee members.
Contact staff liaison: Tammie Grice
Board liaison: Marilyn Emery
Chair: Jeffrey Ganz
Vice Chair: Jacque Grenning


Property Management

The Property Management Committee is for members who want to make a positive impact on the rental property community. This committee comprises members who specialize in property management issues who can review and make recommendations on applicable GCAAR property forms to the Forms Committee, as well as to the Public Policy Committee on housing provider-tenant legislation.

The committee also helps set the standard for best practices and protocols in the property management space. The aim is to enhance members’ businesses with an emphasis on community stewardship.

Members must attend monthly meetings. Members must be ready (or willing to learn) to actively contribute toward conversations surrounding forms and public policy affecting housing providers. Assignments between meetings may include reading, proofing and/or editing forms and legislation.

2023 focus
The pandemic placed the rental housing community in the limelight. This past year, the Property Management Committee has taken a more active role in monitoring and reviewing legislation affecting housing providers, and we expect this to continue. As always, the committee will continue to focus on improving forms for members.

Contact staff liaison: Irene Kang
Board liaison:
Samuel Medvene
Scott Sachs
Vice Chair: 
Risha Williams

Public Policy (Montgomery County)

GCAAR’s Public Policy Committee discusses the impact of proposed legislative and regulatory changes on real estate business and the housing market and decides whether to take a position on those proposals. The committee focuses its advocacy efforts on those issues of greatest and most direct impact to the REALTOR® community.  


Members must attend monthly meetings, scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, participate in county or state task forces and attend hearings.

2023 focus

In 2023, the committee will likely review proposed zoning changes being considered by the Montgomery County Planning Board and County Council, intended to spur new ‘smart growth’ development.  

Contact staff liaison: Zac Trupp and Irene Kang
Board liaison: Russell Brazil
 Villy Iranpur
Vice Chair: Lauren Kline


Young Professionals Network (YPN)
YPN helps young or young-to-the-industry real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement they need to become involved in four core areas:
  • REALTOR® association. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles within their local, state and national associations. 
  • Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends. 

  • Peers. Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.  

  • Community. Become exceptional members of their community by setting a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about. 


Members must attend quarterly in-person meetings, monthly call-in meetings, and GCAAR YPN-related events.

2023 focus

See what YPN is up to on their webpage.

Contact staff liaison: Kaya Roberts & Barbara Seldes
Board liaison: Molly Branson
 Brad Rothstein
Vice Chair: Nelson Fuentes