- Saturday, September 30
- Breakout 9: The Very Real Benefits of Diversity
- 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Harbor C - Manchester Grand Hyatt
National Association of REALTORS
Fred Underwood is Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and manages the Association’s diversity and fair housing program. Since 1990, Fred has staffed NAR’s Diversity Committee, and leads the development of NAR’s policy on fair housing. Fred initiated a comprehensive program on diversity in the housing market and developed precedent setting partnerships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to jointly address diversity, fair housing and outreach to the community. He maintains liaison with and promotes cooperation between the housing industry and fair housing organizations. Fred provides staff support for the NAR Multicultural Real Estate Leadership Advisory Group which includes the leadership of NAR, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Asian Real Estate Association of America.
Fred has a 35 year career in promoting fair housing and inclusive communities. Prior to coming to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in July 1990, Fred was an Equal Opportunity Specialist in HUD’s Chicago Regional Office. He previously coordinated the Fair Housing Program for the City of Evanston, Illinois, and was a tester and testing supervisor with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago. In the early 1980’s, Fred was Director of the Southwest Community Congress, an interracial coalition of grassroots organizations on Chicago’s southwest side.
Fred has served in an advisory capacity for a number of organizations and currently is as member of the Board of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the Corporate Board of Governors for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Fred grew up in Seoul, Korea, where his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were missionaries for the Presbyterian Church. Fred has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds the RCE, REALTOR® Certified Executive, designation.