Committees, Subcommittees and Councils

Nareit engages its members through a number of committees, sub-committees and councils.

As a Nareit member, you have the opportunity to join committees, subcommittees and councils to receive the latest updates and news relevant to your interest. Through your participation, you can help shape policy relating to REITs and public real estate. 

Learn about the different committees and councils below. Already a member? Reach out to the contact associated with each committee to start receiving your updates. Not a member yet? Learn about Nareit’s membership options.


Accounting Committee: This committee examines all standards and rules proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, International Accounting Standards Board, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Securities and Exchange Commission that may affect the accounting and financial reporting of real estate companies. As a committee member, you’ll receive regular updates of financial standards developments through publications issued by Nareit staff. Members are urged to participate on committee task forces that are regularly formed to address specific standards proposals. These task forces participate in the development of Nareit comment letters submitted to standards setters and other policymakers. The committee meets at Nareit’s REITwise: Law, Accounting & Finance Conference.

Interested in joining the Accounting Committee? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Financial Standards George Yungmann (gyungmann@nareit.com)


Government Relations Committee: This committee evaluates legislative and regulatory issues affecting REITs and commercial real estate, with a focus on federal income tax and securities laws issues. Members may participate on task forces formed to address specific issues that often result in formal submissions to policymakers. Members meet at Nareit’s REITwise: Law, Accounting & Finance Conference, and receive Nareit Alerts describing legislative and regulatory developments.

Interested in joining the Government Relations Committee? Contact Executive Vice President & General Counsel Tony Edwards (tedwards@nareit.com)


State and Local Tax Subcommittee (part of Government Relations Committee: This subcommittee evaluates developments affecting REITs in the state and local arena. Members doing business in a state that proposes a law change may collectively join a Nareit coalition to oppose such legislation. Members receive Nareit Alerts regarding state and local tax developments and also meet at Nareit’s REITwise: Law, Accounting & Finance Conference.

Interested in joining the State and Local Tax Subcommittee? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President & Tax Counsel Dara Bernstein (dbernstein@nareit.com)


Regulatory Law Subcommittee (part of the Government Relations Committee: This subcommittee examines all relevant legislation, regulation, rules and guidance proposed by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and relevant foreign regulatory authorities such as the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA). The subcommittee focuses on issues that affect the regulation of equity, debt and other capital market products issued or utilized by Nareit members. The subcommittee also examines relevant legislation and rules relating to the associated corporate governance standards applicable to REIT issuers, and the regulation and structure of the markets and exchanges upon which REIT capital products trade. As a member of this subcommittee, you’ll receive Nareit Alerts and invitations to participate in task forces formed to develop Nareit positions on various issues. When appropriate, the subcommittee drafts written submissions to regulatory authorities, often in response to formal regulatory rulemakings.

Interested in joining the Regulatory Law Subcommittee? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Victoria Rostow (vrostow@nareit.com)


Insurance Committee: This committee examines market developments impacting insurance issues. The committee also provides guidance on Nareit group insurance programs that are available to corporate members. Members meet at REITwise: Nareit’s Law, Accounting & Finance Conference.

Interested in joining the Insurance Committee? Contact Nareit Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations Sheldon Groner (sgroner@nareit.com)


Real Estate Sustainability Council: Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC) was created in October 2016 to help guide Nareit's ESG efforts and priorities. The RESC currently consists of more than 30 actively participating Nareit corporate member sustainability thought leaders – representing all REIT sectors – with a mission to help shape and lead the REIT Industry as it continues to address a variety of complex ESG issues. One to two employees of Nareit corporate members are welcome to represent their organizations as RESC members. Most RESC members hold sustainability titles, however, operations, public relations and investment relations professionals are also RESC members. This council focuses on issues relating to ESG issues. The RESC typically meets three times per year, in November, July and January (during Nareit’s ESG Forum). During RESC meetings, members discuss ESG priorities in the REIT industry, ESG reporting, sustainability trends, technologies and best practices. RESC members also receive relevant Nareit Alerts.

Interested in joining RESC? Contact Vice President, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Issues Fulya Kocak (fkocak@nareit.com


mREIT Council: Nareit created the mREIT Council to serve as an advisory body to Nareit’s Executive Board and senior staff on membership, policy and investment-related issues. Members of the council are CEOs and other senior executives from each of Nareit’s corporate members that operate as mREITs. Nareit staff updates council members on current issues through emails, conference calls, publications and annual face-to-face meetings, and members are invited to participate on task forces to help develop Nareit’s positions on various issues. If appropriate, the council files written submissions to regulatory authorities in response to regulatory rulemakings or to highlight important developments in the industry and also arranges meetings with council leaders and top regulators and legislators. 

Interested in joining the mREIT Council? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Industry and Member Affairs Bonnie Gottlieb (bgottlieb@nareit.com)


Public Non-Listed REIT Council:  The Public Non-Listed REIT (PNLR) Council serves as an advisory body to Nareit’s Executive Board and senior staff on issues related to Nareit’s agenda with respect to policy, research, investor outreach and Nareit meetings. Members of the PNLR Council are CEOs and other senior executive from each of Nareit’s corporate members that operate as public non-listed REITs. Nareit staff updates council members on current issues through targeted emails, conference calls, publications and annual face-to-face meetings. If appropriate, the council files written submissions to regulatory authorities in response to regulatory rulemakings or to highlight important developments in the industry and also arranges meetings with council leaders and top regulators.

Interested in joining the PNLR REIT Council? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Industry and Member Affairs Bonnie Gottlieb (bgottlieb@nareit.com)


Investor Relations Council: The Investor Relations Council consists of 10 to 12 corporate members who represent the broader REIT investor relations community. The council is primarily responsible for providing input and guidance to Nareit’s senior staff on a variety of investor-focused initiatives. The council also serves as an important forum for REIT investor relations professionals to share information with each other on important real estate/REIT-related issues and developments. The council convenes at semi-annual meetings held in conjunction with Nareit’s REITweek in June, the SFO Forum in September or REITworld in November.

Interested in joining the Investor Relations Council? Contact Nareit Vice President, Investment Affairs & Investor Education Abby McCarthy (amccarthy@nareit.com)

Unless otherwise noted, any employee of a Nareit corporate member or any individual member can join one or more of the groups listed above by contacting Nareit Member Services at member@nareit.com