Education and Training

Government Affairs Directors (GAD) Institute 
The GAD Institute is an annual event that promotes the education, networking and professional development of state and local REALTOR® Association government affairs directors. The Institute provides a forum for GADs to hear from nationally recognized speakers and other GADs on a variety of topics of interest to government affairs professionals. Learn more.

New AE/GAD Orientation
Newly hired Association Executives, Government Affairs Directors (GADs) and those hired to promote and manage REALTOR® Party activities (less than 18 months in their positions),  are invited to attend a day-and-a-half orientation at the NAR offices in Washington, D.C. Learn more.

Online Resources

GAD Advisory Group Members, Application, and Member Responsibilities

  • GAD Vice-Chair Statement of Interest due April 30.
    • Statements must include your AEs signature and be emailed to Jami Sims by the deadline.
    • Reminder: The Vice-Chair position alternates between State and Local GADs per the policies and procedures. This year, only State GADs are eligible to apply.
  • 2026 GAD Institute Site Nominations due March 1.

GAD Policies and Procedures (Updated 2020)
Learn More.

GAD Directory
Use our map to find Government Affairs Directors (GADs).

GADFly Archive
Check out older issues of this monthly newsletter.

Government Affairs Directors Facebook Group
Join this closed group on Facebook.

FPC Meritorious Service Award
Nominate an FPC for their exceptional service to NAR. Learn more.

FPC Quarterly Field Report Tool
Generate the field report tally on the FPCs in your state at any time.

Download logos to use to promote the REALTOR® Party.

Questions? Contact Jami Sims.

Onboard a New GAD or REALTOR® Party staff member HERE

If you are a new Government Affairs Director or serve in a similar role, or a REALTOR® Party programmatic role, please visit the GAD Directory to on board your new staff person. He/she will receive a new GAD welcome email, will be added to GAD communications and will receive information about registering for the next REALTOR® Party Advocacy Orientation for New GADs and AEs.