“Where’s the latest list of fair housing words and phrases?” “Am I allowed to say ‘master bedroom’” anymore? Alexia Smokler helps demystify the marketing provisions of the Fair Housing Act. Learn what the law requires, what it doesn’t require, and why you might want to go beyond what’s required to create inclusive messages for consumers.
When: April 21, 2023 @ noon
Where: 21 Restaurant Ct (the speaker will be virtual on our large screens and we will be serving LUNCH) or Zoom
Who: Alexia Smokler
Director, Fair Housing Policy & Programs
Alexia Smokler represents NAR’s positions on fair housing to Congress and federal agencies and leads NAR’s ACT! initiative, which emphasizes Accountability, Culture Change, and Training to advance fair housing in the industry. She led the development of Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation, and Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing. Alexia also oversees NAR’s discrimination self-testing program for real estate brokerages, NAR’s fair housing real estate licensure reform efforts, and other projects aimed at closing racial and ethnic homeownership gaps. Alexia serves as staff executive to NAR’s Fair Housing Policy Committee and writes and speaks regularly on fair housing issues to audiences around the country. Her 2021 cover story for REALTOR® Magazine, Repairers of the Breach(link is external), won the Jesse H. Neal Award for best single article in a business publication with brand revenue of less than $3 million.
Before joining NAR, Alexia worked in fair housing enforcement at HUD, on the staff of Congressman John Conyers, Jr., and with nonprofit civil rights organizations. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs; and a bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.