Established in 1995, the African American Real Estate Professionals DC Foundation was developed to support the advancement of those African Americans seeking to obtain career establishment and growth within the commercial real estate industry through education.
The Foundation’s financial support educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support future developers, construction executives, architects, asset managers, brokers, finance, and law professionals in meeting and exceeding their career needs, now and in the future.
With nearly 500 member companies representing owners, developers, general contractors, architects and engineers, lenders, attorneys, brokers, title companies, utility companies, community development organizations and other industry members representing all facets of real estate development, DCBIA's vision is to help make Washington, DC a vibrant city that is meeting significant challenges to be a livable, competitive and thriving community for all. Our mission is: to lead (be the voice of the real estate development community); build (to enhance the capability and effectiveness of DCBIA members; and partner (with governments, business and civic organizations to strengthen the city and realize our vision). We are DC real estate development. We build leaders, community, economy, and partnerships for our vibrant city through rich programs, networking and advocacy.
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors.
Since 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 18,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.
ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, we now have more than 38,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Members say we provide information they can trust, and that ULI is a place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.
Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) is an organization dedicated to creating a collaborative network to promote the success of women within the retail real estate industry. At its most fundamental level, WIRRE is an organization devoted to women supporting women. Throughout all programs and activities, we offer a professional but relaxed atmosphere for women in all aspects of the retail real estate world, encouraging open dialog and rapport, to learn and grow professionally as well as to expand our network of women in the industry.