Nykia Wright, former CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, will replace NAR CEO Bob Goldberg starting Nov. 20.
New NAR Interim CEO Nykia Wright

Nykia Wright has been appointed interim chief executive officer of the National Association of REALTORS® starting Nov. 20, succeeding retiring NAR CEO Bob Goldberg.

“NAR advocates for and empowers people who help families across America realize the dream of homeownership,” Wright says. “I am honored to join the organization at this important moment, when the opportunity to make a difference in the evolving real estate landscape has never been greater. I look forward to getting to work and partnering closely with NAR’s talented staff in the months ahead.”

Wright began her career in the financial services industry. She was CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, is the co-founder of SonicMessenger and was a strategy and business transformation consultant who advised companies and organizations on a variety of operational, financial and performance improvement matters. She sits on the board of the American Cancer Society and the Better Government Association, among other entities, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at her alma mater, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“We are delighted to welcome Nykia as interim CEO. Her deep experience driving organizational transformation positions her well to advance our strategy, vision, and culture initiatives. I look forward to working with her, in partnership with our leadership team and staff, to continue strengthening our organization,” says NAR President Tracy Kasper.

Goldberg, who announced his planned retirement in June of this year, will serve as an executive consultant to NAR to help support the transition. “After announcing my decision to retire earlier this year, and as I reflected on my 30 years at NAR, I determined last month that now is the right time for this extraordinary organization to look to the future,” he says. “Nykia’s strategic expertise and forward-looking perspective are exactly what NAR needs to continue advancing its mission in an ever-changing world. I am grateful for the privilege of leading NAR and confident that the association will continue delivering incredible value to its members for generations to come.”

“We are immensely grateful for Bob’s leadership and decades-long service to NAR,” Kasper said. “It has been a privilege to work with him in expanding and strengthening our organization, and we congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement. His contributions to our association and our industry have been tremendous.”

The association continues to conduct a comprehensive search process to identify a permanent CEO.