About AOBA

AOBA's mission includes advocacy, information exchange and professional development for its members in the Washington, DC metro area.

The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is the leading membership organization representing commercial and multifamily residential real estate in the Washington, DC area. Serving members since its establishment in 1974, AOBA continues to  protect and enhance the value of its members investments through effective leadership and advocacy, information exchange, and professional development.

With six lobbyists and two utility lawyers on staff, AOBA's non-partisan government affairs activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia provide members with substantial savings in utilities, property taxes and other regulatory fees-- savings that enhance value to owners, tenants and residents. For a brief overview of AOBA's effective government affairs department, view our Government Affairs Overview. 

The organization also offers energy market updates and  sustainability-related educational programs. For resources and helpful links, visit out Going Greener page.

Throughout the year, AOBA hosts signature events that offer opportunities for members to connect with peers, recognize excellence through industry awards, and give back to our community. To support our programs and gain visibility for your firm, consider becoming a sponsor or advertiser.

For a handy Staff List (updated September 2018), click here.

For highlights of AOBA's accomplishments during 2017, view a 5 minute summary video, AND download the 2017 Year in Review publication.

Note to Members: To access all advocacy pages on this site, and to take advantage of member rates for AOBA events, members need to register for a member account. Download these easy instructions and register today. Don't forget to include your shipping address so you can receive the bi-monthly INSIDE print newsletter!


The Company We Keep

AOBA members are owners or managers of commercial and multi-family residential properties, as well as companies that provide products and services to the real estate industry. Currently, the combined portfolio of AOBA's membership is approximately 200 million square feet of commercial office space and more than 300,000 residential units in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


National Representation

AOBA is federated with the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). Through these affiliations, AOBA members are represented on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies, have access to extensive research and information, AND have the opportunity to network with peers from across the country at the BOMA and NAA National Conferences -- held each June.

Get an update and learn more about BOMA International affiliation and the NAA affiliation.


Education and Professional Certification

AOBA offers a range of courses and seminars to give members the competitive edge in commercial and residential management. From an annual seminar on Emergency Preparedness to timely advocacy and utility briefings, AOBA's education program fill a unique niche.  Through its federation with BOMA and NAA, AOBA members may participate in nationally recognized professional certification programs. 

ALSO, the newly established AOBA Educational Foundation is sponsoring  paid internships in office building operations (engineering/maintenance) for the Summer of 2020 in partnership with member firms.  As a separate nonprofit organization, the Foundation has applied for 501(c)(3) status and is raising funds for programs.


Working Together to Reduce Energy Costs

AOBA's subsidiary, AOBA Alliance, Inc., provides owners and managers the ability to achieve savings in the procurement of energy and energy-related services through access to industry information and combined procurement. Established in 2000, the AOBA Alliance is the largest customer-based energy aggregation group in the metropolitan Washington area, with approximately 6,000 accounts representing a total load of more than 700 MW of electricity and 2 BCF of natural gas. 


How We're Organized

AOBA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected annually. Members who serve on numerous advocacy and program committees, together with AOBA's professional staff, help accomplish the Association s objectives, which include undertaking projects that give back significantly to our community and recognize excellence in the local real estate industry.