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Advocacy Impact Day

Overview

Although we had planned to conduct our Advocacy Impact Day as an in-person meeting, due to restrictions on in-person meetings with legislators, this year's event will be held virtually.

While we’re all disappointed that we will again not be able to meet in person, we’ll use this opportunity to elevate the event not only by making it more accessible, but also by incorporating a more robust program.

IREM’s Advocacy Impact Day offers members an opportunity to learn about the issues affecting the real estate management industry, and how to meet with their federal legislators to advocate for meaningful change.

Since members will be unable to meet with their legislators in D.C., we’re asking you meet with your elected officials within two weeks of our event on March 9.

Meeting with lawmakers is critical for the future health and growth of the industry, and IREM is making it as easy as possible to make your voice heard. Participating in the Advocacy Impact Day allows you to:

  • Learn about the issues impacting the real estate management industry, and how to help shape them
  • Build relationships with legislators that will only increase in value over time
  • Speak directly to the people with the power to change laws and regulations about issues that matter to you, your business, and the clients you represent
  • Gain valuable exposure and experience
  • Be part of something bigger than yourself

Schedule of events

Wednesday, March 9

  • 1:00 - Opening remarks – Barry Blanton, CPM®, 2022 IREM President & Shannon McGahn, Chief Advocacy Officer for the National Association of REALTORS®
  • 1:05 - The Political Climate in DC, 2022 Mid-Terms and How It Will Affect Property Management featuring political journalist Frank Sesno
  • 2:00 - Industry panel – ‘Fireside Chat with National Leaders’ Join to hear a conversation with Barry Blanton, 2022 CCIM President Leslie G. Callahan III, and NMHC’s Chair Ken Valach. Discussion will address how they navigated the pandemic response from an organizational & personal perspective and key takeaways moving forward
  • 3:00 - How to meet virtually with legislators and issues to discuss – Ted Thurn, IREM Senior Director, Government Affairs & Andy Lomo, IREM Government Affairs Liaison, will provide an overview of how to schedule and conduct successful meetings with legislators
  • 3:20 - Issues to discuss with legislators. Panelists and issues include:
    • Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy for the National Council of State Housing Agencies will discuss the Emergency Rental Assistance Program
    • Greg Brown, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for National Apartment Association will address the Choice in Affordable Housing Act of 2021, and
    • Erin Stackley, NAR Senior Representative on Commercial Legislative Policy, will address the SAFE Act
  • 3:50 - Wrap-up

How to schedule meetings with legislators

  1. Identify your legislators (two Senators and one Rep.)
  2. Submit a meeting request
    • We suggest contacting your legislator’s office 2-4 weeks in advance to schedule your meeting
    • Feel free to use this template letter
    • Many offices will require you to fill out the meeting request form on their website
    • If you’re asked to provide the topics when scheduling your meeting, let them know you are participating in a virtual fly-in and will send them the topics once they are finalized.
    • Ask for 30 minutes (but 15 is fine) and specify where you would like to meet (In their DC office, district office, or virtually)
    • Always follow up with a phone call
  3. Let us know about your meeting
    • Once your meeting is confirmed, please submit the meeting details to IREM Headquarters. You can always edit the information if anything changes.

For more detailed information on how to identify, schedule, and conduct effective meetings with federal legislators check out our “Meet with Legislators” page.


Resources for meeting with legislators

Meeting request letter

Orientation manual

Fact sheets

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