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Attendees of the National LGBTQ+ Housing Policy Symposium are strongly encouraged to stay on-site at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  Rooms are currently available in the Alliance’s block with two Double Beds or one King Bed.  Please click here to access the booking site or call the Hyatt at (202)-737-1234 to speak to hotel staff to book.


The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Housing Symposium brings together real estate and housing industry professionals from across North America to discuss and learn about policy items currently impacting the LGBTQ+ community and the industry.  Experts from the Federal Government, State, and local levels are traditionally invited and represented, as are other influential authorities like the National Association of Realtors, Human Rights Campaign, Victory Fund, and many more.  This symposium not only acts as a conduit to inform, but also to share ideas, thought leadership, and learn from each other. 

Featured Speakers

Jim Obergefell

From the halls of Sandusky High School to the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, Jim's life has been filled with deep personal loss as well as historical triumphs over injustice (notably marriage equality in 2015 at the Supreme Court).

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz

Congresswoman - (D) FL-23

Rep. Ritchie Torres

Congressman - (D) NY-15

Joe Carlile

Joe Carlile currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Budget, Policy and Programs. A seasoned budget and appropriations professional, he joined the Department after thirteen years on the staff of the House Appropriations Committee.


The Event kicks off with a rooftop welcome reception overlooking the United States Capitol building and New Jersey Ave. the evening of April 27th at the National Association of Realtors DC Headquarters.  April 28th provides a full-day of learning, idea exchange, speaking, and panel sessions, followed by an evening reception on-site at the Hyatt.  Attendees are encouraged to fly in on the 27th and depart on the 29th.  Attendees are also strongly encouraged to stay on-site at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill as the events will be held on-site and next door, at NAR.

(Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Congressional Hill visits will be cancelled)

Agenda details are now available below.

NAR Rooftop Welcome Reception

Congressional Luncheon Keynote Speakers 

Closing Reception

*The 2021 National LGBTQ+ Housing Policy Symposium was held virtually due to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 5:00p ET

Rm: Bryce – 2nd Floor

Members of the Alliance’s Mortgage Advisory Council will meet, in person, to discuss agenda items and action items for the 2022 calendar year pertaining directly to the mortgage and finance sectors of the industry.  This Council is composed of partners, members, and advisors and is invitation only. 

Location: NAR HQ Rooftop

Join us as Alliance Senior Leaders and NAR leadership join together to welcome and kick of the 2022 LGBTQ+ Housing Policy Symposium on the rooftop of the NAR Headquarters, only a few blocks down from the United States Capitol building.  The view of Washington D.C. from this rooftop is worth joining alone, but light appetizers as well as cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 8:00AM - 5:00p ET

Rm: Hyatt Regency Foyer

*Sponsorship Available – Please contact [email protected]

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level


  • Alliance CEO Ryan Weyandt (Emcee)
  • Alliance President Dave Gervase
  • National Association of Realtors 2022 President Leslie Rouda Smith (Virtual message) 

Join Alliance President Dave Gervase, National Association of Realtors 2022 President Leslie Rouda Smith, and Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chairs Chris Suranna and Tim Garvey to officially kick of the 2022 LGBTQ+ Housing Policy Symposium.

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speaker: Joe Carlile Sr. Policy Advisory on Policy and Programs to HUD Secretary Marsha Fudge

Senior Advisor for Budget, Policy and Programs to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Joe Carlile, will be joining us live to discuss the forward steps HUD has taken over the past two years including adding protections for LGBTQ+ people under the Fair Housing Act in February of 2021, enforcing and investigating claims of discrimination stemming back as far as two years into the Trump presidency, and the implications of HUD’s Equal Access Rule

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speaker: Elana Redfield – Federal Policy Director at the Williams Institute

Data collection is essential for good policymaking. Information collected through federal surveys helps the government enforce federal laws, allocate resources and ensure access to rights, protections and services. Yet, most federal surveys do not ask questions about sexual orientation or gender identity and efforts to add these questions stalled during the Trump administration. The Williams Institute, a public policy research institute based at the UCLA School of Law, scored a win for LGBTQ people when it got the U.S. Census Bureau to include LGBTQ people in the Household Pulse Survey in 2021. Join Federal Policy Director Elana Redfield in this session as we explore why this data collection is important to the community and what the Pulse data tell us about LGBTQ households, their economics, homeownership and more.

Light refreshments served during this time to keep attendees sharp.

*Sponsorship Available – Please contact [email protected]

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speaker: Shannon McGahn – Chief Advocacy Officer at NAR

National Association of Realtors’ Chief Advocacy Officer Shannon McGahn will look at the latest headlines coming out of NAR and dive into how NAR’s Advocacy team functions in Washington D.C., and throughout the Country with various governing institutions. 

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Moderator: Laurie Benner – VP of Programs, National Fair Housing Alliance


  • Bryan Greene; Vice President, Policy Advocacy – National Association of Realtors
  • Jorge Andres Soto; Associate Vice President, Policy & Advocacy – National Fair Housing Alliance

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level


  • Alliance President Dave Gervase
  • Jim Obergefell – LGBTQ Activist and Candidate for Ohio’s 89th District
  • Jonathan Lovitz – LGBTQ Activist and Candidate for Pennsylvania’s District 182

Join Alliance President Dave Gervase as he sits down with two legends of LGBTQ+ activism in modern America, Jim Obergefell and Jonathan Lovitz.  This fireside chat will dive into the history and experiences which led each individual to ultimately decide to run for public office.  They will discuss their goals and vision for their home States, as well as America, and how each of us can help achieve this vision. 

11th Floor Ballroom – Thorton A/B/C

11th Floor Ballroom – Thorton A/B/C


  • Congressman Ritchie Torres (12:20-12:30 w/ Q&A until 12:40)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz (12:40-12:55p)

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speaker: Ruben Gonzales – Executive Director of the LGBTQ Victory Institute

November 2020 was the strongest showing for LGBTQ candidates in history. More than 1,000 LGBTQ Americans ran for office, and 43 percent of LGBTQ candidates who made it to the general election won their races. Representation matters. The Victory Institute prepares candidates for public office and can speak to the difference when LGBTQ people have a voice at the table.

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level


  • Ryan Weyandt – Alliance CEO
  • Brad Baumoel – Global Head of LGBTQ+ Affairs at JP Morgan Chase
Corporate America is the true driver of social change every time it sets the standards of what it will condone and support through its power and influence. This is especially true as it relates to equality. What does that look and feel like when LGBTQ people step into the higher echelons of Corporate America? What are these leaders able to impact and influence? This session offers special insights from an LGBTQ corporate leader in a personal chat between Alliance CEO Ryan Weyandt and Brad Baumoel, Global Head of LGBTQ+ Affairs at JP Morgan Chase.

Refreshments provided.

*Sponsorship Available – Please contact [email protected]

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speaker: Mary Mancera – Sr. VP of Industry Relations for the Alliance

The real estate industry has upped its game in DEI efforts along with recognizing the LGBTQ+ community as potential clients. But the second annual LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Housing Policy Symposium Report shows there is much more work that needs to be done to rid the industry of discrimination against LGBTQ+ real estate professionals and consumers.

Sponsor Remarks by Freddie Mac

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Moderator:  Odeta Kushi – Deputy Chief Economist, First American Title


  • Fee Gentry – One eXp Diversity & Inclusion Champion
  • Steve Ducos – LGBTQ+ Segment Strategy Leader at U.S. Bank
  • Teresa Palacios Smith – Chief DEI Officer at HomeServices of America
  • Ivonne Furneaux

Across the industry, leading brands have taken a stand for equality by the way they lead, the platforms they give their employees, the benefits, policies and protections they offer LGBTQ workers. This is no small feat and some companies do it with such commitment they make it look easy. This session explores how companies are setting new standards for inclusion in the industry and why it matters more than ever.

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Moderator:  Munt Alhuessein – Rocket Homes


  • Alex Cruz – Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway
  • Erin Morrison – Erin Morrison Real Estate
  • Octavius Smiley Humphries – FLEX Reality

Every June, some of the world’s renowned brands “rainbow wash” their logo to support the LGBTQ+ community during pride. While it’s a strong visual, so much more must be done to move advocacy efforts from mere marketing campaigns to authentic corporate citizenship. Learn tangible, real-world tips from some of the leading practitioners in the real estate industry on how we can be more authentic with our advocacy in business and government.

Hosted and Moderated by Rocket Homes

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Speakers: M. Ryan Gorman – CEO of Coldwell Banker, joined by his child, Miles Gorman, for Q&A

Rm: Capitol Rooms A&B – Lobby Level

Alliance CEO Ryan Weyandt delivers closing remarks

Rm: Congressional Room A – Lobby Level

Join attendees and speakers at the post- event reception for networking, a fabulous jazz quartet, beverages, and Hors d’oeuvres

Thank you to entertainment sponsor District of Columbia Association of Realtors!

Watch Highlights from the 2021 Virtual Symposium!

"This event offers folks a chance to gather, talk about the items in policy and advocacy that they're passionate about, and connect directly with influencers. We're so pleased to be able to bring so many talented leaders together for such critically important topics."
Ryan Weyandt
CEO - LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance