Foundation Housing Committee

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2019 RosterHousing Committee Charter

John Garza – Chair
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Lynn Wilkinson – Vice Chair
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Albert Allen
Realty Austin

Michelle Allen
Realty Austin

Elizabeth Carballo
Keller Williams Realty

Ashley Cooper
Stanberry REALTORS®

Tina D. Couch
Tribe Realty Austin

Valorie Doyle
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Trinity Gonzales
eXp Realty, LLC

Lisa Harrell
Juice Homes, LLC

Robert Higgs
Central Metro Realty

Peggy Krug
Fuse Realty, LLC

Cynthia Lesko
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Elizabeth Michael
Pure Gold Realty

Neal Poulson
eXp Realty, LLC

Josh Pruitt
Pure Gold Realty

Robin Rhoads
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Jennifer Turney
Stanberry REALTORS®

Monica Williams – Staff Executive
Austin Board of REALTORS®

Seunga Yu – Staff Liaison
Austin Board of REALTORS®

Committee Type:  Steering Committee

Standing committee that serves in both an advisory and participatory capacity to the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors regarding housing initiatives.

Chair: John Garza
Vice Chair: Lynn Wilkinson

Mission Statement: To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the Foundation Board regarding the identification and implementation of housing initiatives that fall within the philanthropic areas of the Foundation’s interest related to housing, education, and disaster relief and to participate in such activities to the benefit of the Foundation.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Identify housing initiatives and opportunities that the Foundation could support monetarily and/or with member support.
  2. Each committee member shall participate in activities that promote all Foundation Housing events and fundraisers, including, but not limited to, selling tickets/tables, securing sponsorships and/or underwriters, attending Foundation events, and attending outside events/programs as a representative of the Austin Board of REALTORS® Foundation.
  3. Identify ways to increase philanthropic activity within the REALTOR® community as related to housing initiatives.
  4. Leverage the interests of members in regards to housing initiatives that the Foundation supports.
  5. Identify how to highlight the philanthropic activities of the brokers in the Austin area.
  6. To raise the visibility and educate the community regarding the impact of the philanthropic initiatives of the Austin Board of REALTORS® and its affiliates.


  1. Become knowledgeable of local charitable causes that fall within the philanthropic initiatives of the Foundation, related to housing, education, and disaster relief.
  2. Promote the Foundation and its causes as needed, by engaging brokers and members to participate in and support the activities and events of the Foundation.
  3. The committee shall comply with the applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding the activities of a 501(C)(3) designation.

Board Committee Principles:
Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to minimally interfere with the wholeness of the board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from board to staff.

  1. Board committees are to help the board do its job, not to help the staff do its jobs. Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for board deliberation. Board committees are not to be created by the board to advise staff.
  2. Board committees may not speak or act for the board except when formally given such authority for specific and time limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the chief executive.
  3. Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff.
  4. Board committees are to avoid over-identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a board committee which has helped the board create policy on some topic will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.

 Committee Guidelines:

  1. The committee must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  2. Committee members must be current members or Affiliates of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  3. The committee cannot conduct business without a quorum of committee members present (majority).
  4. A volunteer committee member is automatically removed after 3 absences from regularly scheduled meetings. This provision may be waived by super majority ¾ vote of the entire committee.
  5. Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least ¾ of the meeting.
  6. All members are subject to censure or removal by the ABoR Foundation Chair, or at the direction of the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors, under the Volunteer Commitment Agreement.
  7. The committee may consult with the ABoR Foundation Chair, as needed.
  8. The committee may consult with ABoR legal counsel through their Staff Executive or the Foundation Board President as needed.
  9. One of the duties of a Committee member arising from their fiduciary duty to the association is the duty of loyalty.  One aspect of this duty expects Committee members to keep confidential issues confidential.  Committee members will have access to information, that if revealed to outsiders, could be damaging or sensitive to other members or staff, harmful to the best interests of the organization, or even create legal liability.  Information provided to the committee may concern personnel, financial, contractual, membership or legal matters.  It will often be confidential and is intended for use in decision making and governance.  Committee members agree that such information shall be held in the strictest of confidence and shall not be divulged to any outside party, including other members, without authorization of the board President.  This confidentiality agreement survives the member’s service on the committee.
  10. Electronic Votes
  • For electronic considerations, the Board of Directors require a valid process be followed for electronic votes.
  • All communication/votes in reference to an electronic vote shall be cc’d to all Committee Members
  • Each Committee Member shall cast their vote by 5:00 pm the day after distribution of the electronic consideration
  • No response shall be counted as an “abstention”
  • The day following the completion of an electronic vote, staff or Committee Chair shall report the roll call vote to all Committee Members
  • All Committee Members shall confirm their vote by end of day when the roll call vote is offered
  • If a Committee Member does not confirm his/her vote, the Committee Members vote shall be considered correct.
  • No Committee or Association Action shall be taken until the entire vote is confirmed.
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