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Protecting and Enhancing the Value of Members' Investments

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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. Brief highlights of AOBA's advocacy accomplishments in 2018 are included in the 2018 Year in Review publication.

AOBA's advocacy efforts are focused on:

  • guarding against burdensome tax increases and inappropriate regulations;
  • seeking reasonable building regulations;
  • advocating before public service commissions to keep energy costs down;
  • promoting responsible housing regulation to preserve affordability; and
  • reducing government costs and hassles.
 
For specific questions and assistance, contact AOBA's Advocacy team:

Regional Advocacy Issues: Nicola Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice
President of Government Affairs

District of Columbia: Kirsten Williams, Esq., Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Commercial;  Randi Marshall, Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Residential

Maryland: Ron Wineholt, Vice President of Government Affairs, MD;
Montgomery County: Nicola Whiteman

Virginia: Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs, VA, or
Bismah Ahmed, Director of Government Affairs, VA

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AOBA Helps Local Organizations Fight Hunger Throughout the Region

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AOBA Helps Local Organizations Fight Hunger Throughout the Region

Members of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) demonstrated their culture of giving back by supporting the annual food drive during August and September. AOBA members raised $1,000 in donations and collected more than 1.5 tons of food for the Capital... Continue Reading

09/23/2021


Post Opinion: D.C.'s landlords are powerless to address the Wild West atmosphere in their properties

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Post Opinion: D.C.'s landlords are powerless to address the Wild West atmosphere in their properties

Peggy Jeffers is executive vice president of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington. In D.C., many apartment residents are anxious inside their homes because of the outrageous behavior of their neighbors. What recourse do residents have when their... Continue Reading

08/27/2021


AOBA Welcomes Katalin Peter as the Vice President of Government Affairs, DC – Residential

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AOBA Welcomes Katalin Peter as the Vice President of Government Affairs, DC – Residential

Katalin Peter, Esq. has joined AOBA as Vice President of Government Affairs, DC – Residential. In her role, she serves as the organization’s lobbyist representing AOBA in all matters related to multifamily residential real estate in the District of Columbia. Katalin will work alongside... Continue Reading

08/19/2021


AOBA Appoints New Leadership for DC and Maryland Government Affairs Committees

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AOBA Appoints New Leadership for DC and Maryland Government Affairs Committees

AOBA is pleased to introduce you to our new leadership for the Maryland and DC Government Affairs Committees. DC Government Affairs Committee: Alison Punsalan of Foulger-Pratt joins Sean Warfield of Tishman Speyer as Co-Chair of the DC Government Affairs Committee. Alison brings to the Committee... Continue Reading

08/17/2021


AOBA's Peggy Jeffers Comments on COVID-19’s Impact on the Maryland’s Housing Industry

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AOBA's Peggy Jeffers Comments on COVID-19’s Impact on the Maryland’s Housing Industry

AOBA's Executive Vice President, Peggy Jeffers discusses COVID-19’s impact on Maryland’s housing industry and the current landscape with the Maryland Daily Record. She states "a healthy rental housing market requires policies that promote investment and participation. Given the $700... Continue Reading

07/29/2021


AOBA Welcomes New Board Members

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AOBA Welcomes New Board Members

The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is pleased to introduce three new members to its board of directors: Antoinette Beverly is a Regional Property Manager with Boston Properties, the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of Class A... Continue Reading

07/23/2021


AOBA Statement on Tuesday's Vote on DC Public Health Emergency Legislation

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AOBA Statement on Tuesday's Vote on DC Public Health Emergency Legislation

We are disappointed and alarmed that the DC Council decided to amend Chairman Mendelson’s proposed emergency legislation, Bill 24-258, the "Coronavirus Public Health Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2021" yesterday. Chairman Mendelson’s strategy for accelerating the distribution of... Continue Reading

05/19/2021


AOBA Welcomes Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications

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AOBA Welcomes Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications

Washington, D.C. – The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is pleased to welcome Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications. Before joining AOBA, Alex worked as a public policy manager for the National Apartment Association, AOBA’s... Continue Reading

05/6/2021


Complete Your 2021 Wage and Benefit Surveys
Complete Your 2021 Wage and Benefit Surveys

AOBA and PMA have joined forces again to produce the most definitive source of compensation and benefit data for the national capital area property management industry. The 2021 Commercial and Multifamily Residential surveys could not come at a more opportune time. The ability to attract and... Continue Reading

05/6/2021


32BJ SEIU & AOBA Urge Prioritization for At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers

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32BJ SEIU & AOBA Urge Prioritization for At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers

32BJ SEIU and the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) Urge Prioritization of At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers for Vaccines to Expedite Region’s Reopening “We applaud D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for leading the region by making at-risk frontline property service... Continue Reading

03/5/2021


AOBA Welcomes Ryan Washington

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AOBA Welcomes Ryan Washington

AOBA is pleased to announce Ryan Washington has joined AOBA as Maryland Government Affairs Manager. Ryan will work alongside Erin Bradley, AOBA’s Maryland Vice President of Government Affairs, to advance members’ advocacy interests at the State level and in Prince George’s... Continue Reading

02/16/2021


AOBA's 2020 Year in Review
AOBA's 2020 Year in Review

As we reflect on this life-changing year, we are grateful for what remains the same: your continued support.Please click here to view AOBA's Year in Review that briefly highlights the work performed for members by members and staff in 2020. Continue Reading

12/23/2020