I’m a Committee Leader! Now What?

Welcome to a distinguished team of NAR committee leaders! As you can imagine, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, among several governing bodies, to ensure that our organization functions efficiently and effectively. To help you feel as prepared as possible heading into your year as a committee leader, this page provides everything from an overview of governing bodies, to what to expect at a Board of Directors meeting, and oversight diagrams so you can better understand the roles and responsibilities in each area of NAR. You’ll even find scripts and tips to help in the event that you need to bring a recommendation forward to Executive Committee or the Board of Directors.

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Committee Leadership Camp Playbook for 2023 Leaders
NAR's Governing Bodies
Elected & Appointed Leadership
Preparing to Report at NAR Meetings
Organizational Charts & Processes

2023 Committee Onboarding Webinar

NAR Leaders host this onboarding webinar for 2023 Committee members. Original air date: 12/14/22.


NAR's Governing Bodies

The National Association’s governing bodies are comprised of elected and appointed members serving in leadership positions.

NAR’s Governing Bodies include:

NAR's Governing Bodies

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team manages the businesses of the Association and provides direction and leadership to our membership. They also have the authority to act on behalf of the NAR Board of Directors between its two annual meetings. See the current NAR Leadership Team.

Executive Committee

50 members as follows: President as Chair; President-elect; First Vice President; Treasurer; Immediate Past President; the Past President twice-removed; two Vice Presidents; REALTOR Party Director; Regional Vice Presidents; 4 other Past Presidents; *12 members who have not served as President; 1 Board Executive Officer; 1 appointee from each of the Institutes, Societies, and Councils; 2 representatives of the Large Residential Firms Real Estate Services Advisory Group; and any members who have attained Emeritus status. *The President shall submit to the Board of Directors six nominees, at least four of whom are directors, one of whom may be a member who has previously served as a director, and one of whom may be a member who has not previously served as a director. The committee liaisons and NAR senior staff attend the meeting as non-voting members.

The Executive Committee has the authority to consider motions brought forth by the NAR committees and recommend to the Board of Directors approval, defeat, referral or an amendment to committee motions

Board of Directors

Directors have the authority to approve new or requests for revisions to NAR policies, programs, products or services, the strategic plan, financial expenditures, and membership dues. The directors approve amendments to the NAR Bylaws, and recommend to the Delegate Body amendments to the NAR Constitution and Code of Ethics.

Delegate Body

The Delegate Body meets once a year at the REALTORS® Conference. The Delegate Body is composed of the presidents of 1,130 member boards and they have the authority to approve proposed amendments to the NAR Constitution and Code of Ethics.


The committee structure is comprised of Committees, Advisory Boards, Advisory Groups, Forums and Councils, overseeing public policy issues, advocacy efforts, diversity engagement, association management, and many more. Committee work is ongoing unless the committee requests to be sunset through the committee structure process and approved by the Leadership Team. A Committee’s Leadership can also request a change in the committee’s purpose, composition, or terms of service, subject to approval by the Leadership Team. A Committee may recommend to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors a new or change to member programs, policies, products and services.

Elected & Appointed Leadership

NAR Governing Bodies

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is a team of 8 elected and appointed members, composed of the President, President-Elect, First Vice President, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, Vice Presidents of Advocacy and Association Affairs (appointed by the President), and CEO (non-voting).

Regional Vice Presidents

The Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs) serve as spokespersons for the National Association in his/her respective region. Regions are comprised of 54 states and territories which are broken down into 13 geographic areas.


The RVPs act as representatives of the President in such matters that may be assigned to them. The RVPs also work with their state associations to stimulate a team effort throughout the year, and discuss issues of concern with their State Executive Officers and report those significant issues back to the Leadership Team for review.

Committee Liaisons

The Committee Liaisons are appointed each year by the President to assist in facilitating committee issues and activities. The Liaisons facilitate communication amongst the committee chairs, vice chairs, committee members; monitor committee goals; ensure that major strategies are in place to achieve the goals; and assist in identifying and developing effective committee leadership.

Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

The Committee Vice Chairs are appointed each year by the incoming President-elect. They will automatically rise to the position of Chair, pending confirmation by the incoming President. The Chairs and Vice Chairs set goals for their committee/advisory board/council/forum each year in order to further the overall strategic goals of the association. Almost all meet twice-yearly at the Legislative Meetings and Annual Convention, where they may bring recommendations before the Board of Directors. Some committees will meet additionally at other times of the year.

Preparing to Report at NAR Meetings

Committees provide either an action or filed report to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at each of their twice-yearly meetings. While a filed report will just inform these two bodies of the discussion of the committee, an action report includes recommendations for new or requests for revisions to NAR policies, programs, products or services, the strategic plan, financial expenditures, and membership dues. These documents provide guidelines for writing recommendations and presenting them to both bodies.

Organizational Charts & Processes

Standing Committee and Leadership Positions:


Approval Process for Recommendations:

Annual Changes