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Members Leading Our Initiatives

Our committees are made of member volunteers committed to furthering the success of our association. Most committees are closed and members are selected from our forums and our general membership. Explore the committees and their work below.

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CREFC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

CREFC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is charged with ensuring continued progress toward CREFC’s vision of developing policies and programs that promote workplace diversity and inclusion and foster a culture that ensures every voice is welcomed, heard, and respected. Working with this Committee, CREFC will strive to incorporate minority voices in all that we do, including on our panels and discussion groups at industry events. Learn more about the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee's mission and activities here

The DEI Committee initiatives are the continuation of CREFC’s long-standing efforts to work toward the expansion of diversity within the CRE finance industry. Through ongoing actions and utilizing our DEI Sub-Committees, we will continue addressing inequality in our nation. 

For more information or to get involved with one of CREFC’s DEI Sub-Committees, please contact Lisa Pendergast

DEI Committee Leadership:
Staff Chair: Lisa Pendergast
Member Chair: Adam Behlman

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Advocacy

CREFC Government Relations: Shaping Our Industry

CREFC’s Government Relations team serves as the primary interface between the CRE Finance industry and policymakers. Through a collaborative process with our members, CREFC engages with legislators, regulators, and other policy stakeholders to advocate for policies that promote the interests of our membership and the broader industry.

By joining a CREFC Forum, members are able to participate in the creation of official policy positions and will gain access to regular updates from our Government Relations team on the latest regulatory developments.

View our recent policy wins and sign up for a CREFC Forum below to join our advocacy efforts and make a difference in the direction of our industry. Please contact David McCarthy with any questions.

Recent Policy Wins (as of Q2 2024)

Conflicts of Interest Rule
Successfully advocated for narrowing the overly broad scope of the SEC’s Conflicts of Interest in Securitizations rule to target conflicted transactions and relevant parties more appropriately.

144A Bond Data Protection
Successfully exempted 144A bonds from a policy change that could have required public disclosure of borrower information already available to 144A investors.

Basel Endgame Advocacy
Submitted comments and coordinated a real estate industry letter on proposed rules that would raise capital charges on banks with >$100 billion in assets. While the rule is still forthcoming, regulators have telegraphed that the proposal will have significant changes.

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CREFC Policy and Capital Markets Briefing

Read the latest issue of CREFC's weekly Policy and Capital Markets Briefing

CREFC Policy Tracker

CREFC’s Policy Tracker includes a variety of visual aids and updates to help members understand, track, and analyze key policy issues affecting the CRE and multifamily finance industry.

ESG Initiatives

 CREFC’s Sustainability Initiative seeks to align the objectives of our members and the CRE finance industry with the opportunities and challenges of environmental, social and corporate sustainability.
 

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For our weekly government relations and industry policy briefings, please visit our Document Resource Center. The Document Resource Center contains CREFC position papers, analyses, testimony, and other policy tools.

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Events

Conferences & Programs

The CRE Finance Council holds two premier conferences each year in the United States: the January Conference in Miami and the June Annual Conference in New York. Conference programming addresses the most relevant topics facing the industry, presented by recognized finance leaders.

Complementing these major conferences are After-Work Seminars, Young Professional, Women's Network, and Educational events held regularly throughout the calendar year, each of which is tailored to fit the constituencies served by CREFC.

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NCREIF/CREFC Open-End Debt Fund Aggregate

CREFC has teamed up with NCREIF to produce and promote the NCREIF/CREFC Open-end Debt Fund Aggregate (the “Debt Aggregate”). In short, this product will deliver a fund-level compilation of open-end debt funds providing financing to commercial and multifamily real estate borrowers/owners. The Debt Aggregate will be issued in a draft “consultation” format for at least one year, which allows time for industry feedback before it is rolled out as an official product.

For questions or to get involved, contact Lisa Pendergast

NCREIF/CREFC Open-end Debt Fund Aggregate Fourth Quarter 2023 Consultation Edition

 

   

Overview of Debt Fund Index
(presentation slides from CREFC's September 28, 2023 Capital Markets Conference)   

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(video replay from CREFC's September 28, 2023 Capital Markets Conference)   

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Grow Your Expertise

CREFC has everything you need to grow your career and stay current with the industry. We provide educational programs that are timely and responsive to the changing market, keeping all our members up-to-date on current issues and best practices. From mentorship programs to courses, your CREFC membership gives you access to a growing pool of resources to help you become a competent commercial real estate professional, whether you are in school or moving to our industry later in your career. Explore your opportunities below.

Learning Opportunities

Resource Center

The CREFC Resource Center houses data and research on all facets of CRE and multifamily finance. This members-only portal not only contains CREFC developed content, but also the highly valued and well sought after reports and thought leadership pieces published by our members.

CRE and Multifamily Finance in the Spotlight

Monthly thought leadership articles are published to inform, educate and stimulate meaningful discussions and exchanges on the issue and trends of the entire commercial real estate finance industry. 

CRE Finance Data

A compilation of data on the current state of the CRE market with a primary focus on the debt capital markets.

CRE Finance Council's Education Portal

Explore CREFC’s educational offerings at your own pace and on your schedule. On-demand videos and video series will expand your knowledge on a variety of industry-focused topics.  

Investor Reporting Package (IRP) 

The CRE Finance Council Investor Reporting Package (CREFC IRP) is a transparent, standardized set of loan, property, bond and deal level information including numerous report format standards. It also includes guidelines and methodologies to be used in connection with the loan administration required to aggregate and ultimately report all such information.

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The mission of the Young Professionals (YP) Network is to provide a platform for junior CRE finance professionals to foster meaningful business relationships and gain relevant industry knowledge through networking events, seminars and panels.

YP programming events are developed by YPs – so the content is current and applicable in their daily work. Each YP educational event includes a networking aspect to build and foster industry relationships with both peers and seasoned industry leaders. YPs are surveyed by region for ideas for future programming to ensure educational and industry needs are met.

Additionally, there are networking only events held in a more relaxed atmosphere where YPs can mingle among their peers.

There is a discounted rate to conferences and seminars for those CREFC Members 30 years of age or younger. To sign up for the 30 and Under Program Rate join the network and ensure that you check off the box “I would like to sign up to receive the “30 and Under Program Rate”. You will be required to submit photo ID to be approved for the discounted program rate.

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Women's Network

Looking for networking, learning opportunities, and professional development? Join women professionals in the CRE industry in networking and educational events throughout the year.  Our mission is to enhance the visibility, profile, and advancement opportunities of women in the commercial real estate finance industry, provide a structured platform within CREFC dedicated to women's initiatives and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and development of professional women. With members all across the country, we are the largest network of professional women in the industry. 
 

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 The London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR, has been called the world’s most important number. Quoted daily across five currencies and seven maturities, the rate underpins hundreds of trillions of dollars in contracts around the world from home mortgage loans to complex derivatives. For U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR alone, the estimated exposure is approximately $200 trillion. 

The Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have issued supervisory guidance  encouraging banks to “cease entering into new contracts that use USD LIBOR as a reference rate as soon as practicable and in any event by December 31, 2021,” noting that new USD LIBOR issuance after 2021 would create safety and soundness risks.

CREFC serves as a member of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC), a group of private-market participants convened by the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In addition, CREFC co-chairs the ARRC’s Securitizations Working Group (SWG) with the Structured Finance Association (SFA). We are focused on helping the CRE finance industry learn about the transition from LIBOR and serving as a platform to create a constructive dialogue on the challenges our industry faces during this critical period of change. 
 
For any questions or if you would like to be involved in a CREFC working group on the LIBOR transition, please feel free to reach out to Raj AidasaniLisa Pendergast or Sairah Burki.
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Leadership

The affairs of CRE Finance Council are managed by a Board of Governors, selected from the general membership, which meets at least two times a year. During the periods the Board is not convened, the Executive Committee has full authority to transact all CRE Finance Council business. The Executive Committee is made up of the chair, chair-elect, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, membership chair, administrative executive, as well as four additional Executive Committee members.  View the CREFC By-Laws.

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