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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. 

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 Garren Fox

Ongoing Initiatives

CREFC Center for Real Estate Finance Scholarship
In January 2020, CREFC announced the creation of the CREFC Center for Real Estate Finance at the NYU Schack Institute. A core objective of the endowment is to heighten diversity through increased opportunities within CRE finance at the university level for both graduate and undergraduate students. The center serves as a hub for industry collaboration, programming, and student engagement. Through the endowment, CREFC and NYU provide four scholarships each semester for deserving students; two of those scholarships are reserved exclusively for diverse candidates. 

Partnership with Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUS)
CREFC’s DEI Committee is currently working with HBCUs on programs designed to:
  • Raise awareness about CRE finance amongst students and 
  • Allow them to engage with CREFC’s network of industry contacts
  • Learn about the industry via our catalogue of educational offerings, and
  • Participate in industry internship and mentorship programs.

CREFC’s overarching goal is to encourage heightened minority students and young professionals to participation in the CRE finance industry, with the goal of securing student employment upon graduation or enhancing the current employment status of those young professionals already in the sector. 
 

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Advocacy

Shaping Our Industry

Our members shape the commercial real estate finance industry with our advocacy initiatives. Through a collaborative process with our members, CREFC develops official policy positions that are presented as needed to legislators and regulators. These policies are developed through participation in our forums. CREFC also maintains fact sheets in online and PDF format on all major CRE issues and informs members weekly of the latest regulatory developments. To make a difference in the direction of our industry, sign up for a forum and participate in our advocacy efforts below. Contact Justin Ailes with any CREFC policy or advocacy questions.

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CREFC State Legislation and Policy Tracker

CREFC is tracking state policy developments affecting commercial and multifamily real estate in response to the pandemic, including eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, proposed and passed legislation, and executive orders.

CREFC State Legislation and Policy Tracker (Updated 4.27.2021)

Biden Transition Guidebook

CREFC will provide weekly updates on the Presidential transition and the new 117th Congress.

Biden Transition Guidebook (updated 2.10.2021)

Policy Fact Sheets

CREFC’s Fact Sheets are intended to provide a high-level overview of legislative and regulatory policy issues affecting commercial real estate lenders and investors.  Read the facts.

Read the Latest Government Relations Alerts

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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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

Document Resource Center

The Document Resource Center holds thousands of industry-related documents online, including news, standards and best practices, forms and templates, and articles from member firms. CREFC members can access this library of documents at any time.

 

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. 

Compendium of Statistics

CREFC’s Compendium of Statistics is 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.  

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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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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. 

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 Garren Fox

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Young Professionals Network

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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Take your career to the next level with our programming, mentoring, career planning, and continuing education.
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Women's Network

Looking for networking, learning opportunities, and professional development? Join more than 600 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. 
 
Women's Network Leadership:
  • 2021-2022 Chair: Laura Swihart, Partner, Dechert LLP 
  • Chair-Elect: Sana Petersen, Director, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
  • Past Chair: Elaine McKay, Principal, Ares Management LLC

Kara McShane Accepts 2020 CREFC Woman of the Year Award

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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 chairman, chairman-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership chair, administrative executive, as well as four additional Executive Committee members.  View the CREFC By-Laws.

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