Roundtable Announces FY 2025 Leadership; Kathleen McCarthy Takes Over As New Chair
Real Estate Coalition Urges House Members to Support Bipartisan CRE Conversions Bill
Roundtable Employee Nancy G. Pitcher Retiring After 47 Years
Roundtable Weekly
June 28, 2024
Roundtable Announces FY 2025 Leadership; Kathleen McCarthy Takes Over As New Chair

Roundtable Leadership

  • Kathleen McCarthy, Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable (above), said, “I am incredibly honored to step into the role of Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable. The real estate industry touches every aspect of our economy—from affordable housing and shopping centers to warehouses and data centers. Strong collaboration between the public and private sectors will enable the country to meet the challenges we face and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. John, Jeff, and the entire Roundtable team have advocated for policies to help drive growth and innovation across communities in the U.S., and I look forward to building on their important work.” (Press Release)
  • John Fish, Immediate Past Chair, stated, “It has been a privilege to serve as Chair during such a pivotal period for our industry. I am pleased to hand over the reins to Kathleen. Her expertise and leadership, along with Jeff DeBoer’s vision and guidance, will undoubtedly guide The Roundtable to new heights. The focus on recovery, resilience, and innovation remains crucial as this important organization works with our partners in government to advance our shared interests and strengthen the American economy.”
  • “The Real Estate Roundtable and its members have always risen to meet the challenges of the times, and I am confident that under Kathleen’s leadership, we will continue to make impactful strides,” said Jeffrey DeBoer, Roundtable President and CEO. “The real estate industry is a cornerstone of economic vitality, job creation, and community development. Kathleen’s extensive experience and strategic vision will be invaluable as we address critical policy issues and advocate for a shared, prosperous future.”

Roundtable Board of Directors

  • The 26-member FY2025 Roundtable Board of Directors is elected from the membership and includes three elected leaders of national real estate trade organizations from The Roundtable’s 18 partner associations.
  • Joining The Roundtable’s Board of Directors as of July 1 are:
    • Conor Flynn, CEO, Kimco Realty Corporation; First Vice Chair, Nareit
    • Michelle Herrick, Head of Real Estate Banking, J.P. Morgan
    • Diane Hoskins, Global Co-Chair, Gensler; Chairman, The Urban Land Institute
    • Michael H. Lowe, Co-CEO, Lowe
    • Andrew P. Power, President & CEO, Digital Realty

  • Stepping down from The Roundtable Board as of July 1 are:
    • Michael D. Brown, Travel & Leisure Co. President & CEO, Immediate Past Chair, American Resort Development Association
    • Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ventas, Inc., Immediate Past Chair, The Real Estate Roundtable
    • W. Matthew Kelly, CEO, JBG Smith, Chair, Nareit

The Roundtable will release its 2024 Annual Report: Dynamic Policy for Evolving Needs in the coming weeks, which highlights the organization’s advocacy efforts over the past year and future policy solutions.

Real Estate Coalition Urges House Members to Support Bipartisan CRE Conversions Bill

A Roundtable-led coalition of 17 national real estate organizations wrote to members of the House of Representatives voicing their support for the introduction of the Revitalizing Downtowns and Main Streets Act, which would create a market-based tax incentive for converting older commercial buildings to residential use.  (Coalition letter)

 Revitalizing Downtowns and Main Streets Act

  • The House Ways and Means Committee Members Mike Carey (R-OH) and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) will introduce the Revitalizing Downtowns and Main Streets Act in the coming weeks.
  • If enacted, the bill would be a step forward in the effort to modernize U.S. real estate, create new and affordable housing, and strengthen cities and neighborhoods that continue to suffer from the aftereffects of the pandemic and changing business needs. 
  • Currently, only 2% of vacant offices are undergoing the conversion process (CBRE). However, 15% of office buildings are suitable for residential conversion. (White House, Oct. 2023)
  • The bill would create a new and temporary 20% tax credit for qualified property conversion expenditures, modeled after the historic rehabilitation credit.
  • The total credit authority would be limited to $15 billion, allocated by state housing finance agencies based on feasibility and impact.
  • Larger credits would be available for projects in rural areas, low-income census tracts, and economically distressed areas.

Roundtable Advocacy

The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee Meeting
  • The Real Estate Roundtable has supported similar versions of conversion legislation, such as the Revitalizing Downtowns Act (S. 2511H.R. 4759), introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) to encourage the conversion of older buildings into new uses.
  • The new bill addresses and incorporates most of the recommendations the coalition made collectively to the Revitalizing Downtowns Act in the October 2022 letter.  (June 2024 letter  | October 2022 letter)
  • Since then, many states and localities have taken bold action to support property conversion efforts.
  • Both letters are the product of a property conversions working group created by The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC). The working group has reviewed and considered the challenges and impediments confronting potential property conversion activities. 

The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee will continue to respond to legislative proposals affecting potential property conversion activities.

Roundtable Employee Nancy G. Pitcher Retiring After 47 Years

Nancy G. Pitcher will retire on June 28, 2024, after a distinguished 47-year career with the National Realty Committee and The Real Estate Roundtable.

  • Nancy began her career with NRC in 1977, as Office Manager. In 2001, she was promoted to Office Manager and Assistant Secretary, and in 2002, she was promoted to Director of Administration.
  • In recognition of her dedication, exceptional skills, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to The Roundtable staff, the Board of Directors honored Nancy with a gift and presented her with a Board Resolution, among other acknowledgments, at last week’s Annual Meeting. (Watch Presentation)
  • Roundtable President & CEO Jeffrey DeBoer remarked, “We have worked together for 32 years and through it all, Nancy has always been someone the industry, our team and I could rely on. She has been an inspiration and a role model to all our employees. She is hard-working, caring, focused, team-oriented, and can’t be replaced.”
  • Nancy has earned the admiration and respect of The Roundtable members, her colleagues, and everyone she has worked with over the years.
  • The Roundtable is proud to acknowledge her significant professional achievements and extends heartfelt congratulations on her well-deserved retirement. We wish her continued success, happiness, and good health in the years to come.

We are honored to have called her a friend and colleague all these years and wish her a wonderful retirement.