2022 President’s Message

Heather HowardThe Washington DC Chapter of the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP DC) has served its community and the real estate industry in the DC area for over 25 years. We’ve weathered numerous storms together over the years and the past two years have been particularly challenging as we’ve dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have lost friends and family as well as suffered impacts to businesses that we’ve worked diligently to build and maintain. There aren’t any words that can fully express the loss we’ve experienced. But one common thing these unprecedented times have shown us is that we need our AAREP community now more than ever. In 2022 we will be tasked with navigating our changed environment, and in doing so we will continue our mission, “To facilitate economic parity through real estate,” by working together to support, educate and network with each other through programming activities both virtually and in person, when appropriate.

As the incoming President, I look forward to continuing the AAREP legacy in working with the leadership team to enhance the professional and economic development of the membership. I’m transitioning into the role of President from a multi-year Board Member position and am excited to carry on the initiatives we’ve been working on over the past couple of years. To start the year off, I am excited to announce that beginning this year we are stepping into a new milestone with the engagement of an Executive Director, Nkosi Bradley. As real estate professionals we are keenly aware of the impact policy can have on opportunities for our community, including economic development. Nkosi will pick up the torch and build upon our recent advocacy efforts as well as collaborate with AAREP leadership and our community to ensure we are meeting the needs of AAREP’s membership. This is exciting news that will allow us to leverage AAREP’s influence on both a local and national level. Please stay tuned for more communications on this from Nkosi and our collective vision for 2022.

In this new year, I challenge each of you to enhance your connection with the AAREP community by renewing your membership for 2022 and to be intentional about your engagement within AAREP. AAREP has members from every major discipline in the real estate industry; our community is our biggest asset. We’ve thrived in the toughest of climates, and together will continue to do so.

Wishing you all Peace, Power and Prosperity in 2022.


Heather Howard
2022 AAREP DC President

President’s Message – Nov 2017

Carisa Stanley

First Vice President, Amalgamated Bank


It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 14th Annual AAREP Awards Gala.  Tonight, we acknowledge a collection of leaders for their achievements in commercial real estate and contributions to AAREP, the community and our industry.  AAREP is honored to celebrate their success, which highlights our theme of “Impacting Our Community Through Inclusive Development.”


2017 was a year of hard work and execution for AAREP.  We delivered impactful programs that resulted in new business opportunities, a copious exchange of ideas and relationship building for our membership.  A few notable highlights of the year include our 2nd Annual Access to Capital Symposium and our Women in Commercial Real Estate Forum.  We also had the privilege of hosting a Conversation with Councilmember McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. During that event, we released our 2017 Legislative Platform, a living document that defines our principles and guides our advocacy activities. 


For more than 20 years, AAREP has served as a voice in a dynamic industry and its commitment to the advancement of its members is unwavering.  I am thankful for our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and corporate sponsors who contributed resources and support to the organization.  This year’s success is a direct result of your efforts.   


Together, we march forward.


Carisa Stanley

AAREP President




President’s Message – July 2017

July 2017

We have reached the halfway mark of 2017 and are excited to share several notable achievements that will help us continue to represent and advocate for our members and supporters:

  • Conducted our first AAREP Membership Survey.  The survey will help demonstrate the impact our members and supporters have on the region’s real estate industry and local economy.  Based on our survey results, AAREP represents real estate developers, real estate brokers, general contractors, service providers, attorneys, consultants, financiers, municipal agencies and community and improvement business districts, the majority of which have at least 10 employees and gross revenues in excess of $2 million annually. 


  • Adopted 2017 Legislative Policy Platform.  On July 11, 2017, the AAREP Board of Directors adopted a Legislative Policy Platform that will serve as the principal guide for our advocacy efforts.  The Platform is available for review on our website.  We look forward to working with both the local and federal administration to shape the legislative environment. 


  • Updated the AAREP website.  Over the past three months, we have made significant changes to our website, including the addition of a new AAREP In the News” feature that will allow members and supporters to submit project awards, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, contract awards, promotions, accomplishments, milestones and other appreciable recognition for AAREP to highlight.  There is much to celebrate in our community.  Please use this feature to share with us and we will share with the over 1,500 strong AAREP network!

We will continue our work in the second half of 2017 and invite you to join us on August 1st at the 2017 Access to Capital Symposium and in November when we host our 14th Annual AAREP Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building.  Details for upcoming events can always be found on the Events page of our website. 
This year is an important one for AAREP.  We are working to improve our value proposition and look forward to sharing new and exciting benefits.  We remain committed to standing, united, and advocating for our collective best interests.
Together, We March Forward.
Carisa Stanley
2017 AAREP President