Applications for a Lead Policy Ambassador position are open through May 14, 2021.
At ABoR, we see advocacy as our responsibility as REALTORS®, and our Policy Ambassador Program plays a vital role in fostering strong relationships with local elected officials. Policy Ambassadors are a key extension of the ABoR’s advocacy efforts to connect elected officials with specific Central Texas REALTORS® and, further, provide local elected officials with their unique perspectives on real estate and public policy issues that affect Central Texas REALTORS®.
The Policy Ambassador Program currently consists of Lead Policy Ambassadors who are established Central Texas REALTORS® with an established relationship with a local elected official. In the future, two to four team members will be added to assist each Lead Policy Ambassador in their duties.
- Participating in advocacy at the local level helps you to build relationships and develop valuable knowledge that you can share with your colleagues and clients.
- Serving as a Lead Policy Ambassador is an enjoyable and exciting experience that connects you with your community, its local elected officials, and bolsters your credibility as a REALTOR®.
- The more you know about our community and its diverse segments, the stronger our community becomes.
The amount of time you commit to being a Lead Policy Ambassador will depend on what you deem necessary to be effective in this role. In general, the minimum time commitment involves:
- 1-2 meetings per year and other training/meetings as needed.
- Contact your designated local elected official at least once a month (by phone, email, or in-person) and submit a Field Report.
- Please note that ABoR staff is responsible for providing information, training, talking points, and additional support materials.
In general, a Lead Policy Ambassador will be required to:
- Maintain and grow a positive relationship with their designated elected official;
- Support their elected official;
- Respond to all Calls for Action; and
- Participate in meetings with the elected official, as needed.
At a minimum Lead Policy Ambassadors should:
- Have an existing relationship with an elected official;
- Primary ABoR Member in Good Standing;
- TREPAC Investor;
- Registered Voter; and
- Willingness to play an active role in specified grassroots initiatives.
Preference will be given to members who:
- Live within the elected official’s district;
- Have past ABoR involvement;
- Have an understanding of issues affecting Central Texas REALTORS®; and
- Have an interest in politics.
ABoR is currently accepting applications for 11 Lead Policy Ambassador positions which will be paired with members of the Austin City Council. This includes:
- Steve Adler, Mayor
- Natasha Harper-Madison, Mayor Pro Tem, District 1
- Vanessa Fuentes, Council Member, District 2
- Sabino “Pio” Renteria, Council Member, District 3
- Gregorio “Greg” Casar, Council Member, District 4
- Ann Kitchen, Council Member, District 5
- Mackenzie Kelly, Council Member, District 6
- Leslie Pool, Council Member, District 7
- Paige Ellis, Council Member, District 8
- Kathie Tovo, Council Member, District 9
- Alison Alter, Council Member, District 10