From the Board of Directors
We are now witnessing unprecedented societal and historic changes that are being called for across the nation. This moment in time has made us examine our personal responsibility as well as ways we can effect change in our workplaces, our organizations and our communities.
The fear, sadness and national outrage that erupted most recently due to the senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has heightened our awareness of the history of violence against the black community in our country. Thus, we believe we need an increased focus on what we at NAIOP SoCal can do to make a difference.
While our chapter’s mission is to provide a unified voice to protect and enhance the commercial real estate industry it also includes a commitment to protect and enhance quality of life for all.
That is not possible if we do not actively participate in encouraging and actively integrating diversity in our industry. While this chapter is making some progress toward gender diversity, we must do more to support inclusion and economic success for black communities and all people of color.
Commercial real estate is not about the walls that are built, it is about the spaces we create for people to come together. If one sector of our community is suffering, it adversely impacts all of us.
As a chapter we must look for ways to encourage and insist on diversity and inclusion. We must provide leadership where it is needed. We must use our collective voice to provide guidance.
At the beginning of this year, the Board of Directors established a Diversity Task Force. We are making it a priority to listen to what is needed and live up to our commitment.
Therefore, we hereby re-affirm and pledge to build upon our existing commitment to:
- Raise our voices and lead with our actions to promote the value of diversity, collaboration and inclusion in all the communities we represent across Southern California.
- Make specific recommendations on increasing representation by people of color in the commercial real estate industry, within our membership, on our committees, and on our Board of Directors.
- Take a leadership role in community and youth outreach programs, provide educational resources, and build a path for black communities and all people of color to have greater access to the commercial real estate industry.
As a chapter and for our industry by supporting real change, we will do more and we will do better.