GAD Institute

The Government Affairs Directors’ Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs, political affairs, legislative or regulatory affairs, lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and/or all REALTOR® Party initiatives.  The Institute provides a means for these industry professionals to meet, exchange ideas and best practices, as well as gain valuable career skills and networking opportunities in order to provide the best value and information to the real estate industry.

Monday, July 16, 2018-Thursday, July 19, 2018*
*(Please note new end date of 7/19, rather than 7/20).

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR, US, 97204
(503) 226-1611

$500 (Opens early May 2018)

Late Registration:
$550 (After Friday, June 8, 2018)

Negotiated Room Rate:
$249/night + taxes

Business Casual

Suggested Arrival/Departure Dates:
Pre-registration classes begin Tuesday morning, July 17. Regular programming begins at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, July 17 and will conclude the evening of Thursday, July 19.

  • Heathman Hotel – 2 min walk to Hilton
  • The Paramount Hotel Portland – 3 min walk to Hilton
  • The Nines – A Luxury Hotel – 3 min walk to Hilton
  • Courtyard by Marriott City Center (.3 miles away)
  • The Porter Hotel (Hilton Curio Collection) – .4 mi. from Hilton
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton – .5 mi. from Hilton
  • Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront .6 mi.
  • Kimpton River Palace Hotel .7 mi.

New at the 2018 Institute!

Best of Portland Optional Walking Tours

Two award-winning walking tours have been added as options, for a special discounted rate, just for Institute attendees and their guests! These 1.5 hour tours will give you a flavor of Portland, its economic drivers and current issues. Tour drop off and pick up is conveniently located at the front entrance of the Hilton. (Advanced purchase is required).

GADs Give Back

GADs Give Back is a new initiative to give back to the host community! This year, Portland’s Randall Children’s Hospital has been chosen to receive GAD support.

Please bring (or pick up in Portland) a super-hero or fashion doll to contribute to the hospital as a token of our appreciation to the city hosting us. Your gift of a doll will be distributed by the nurses to the children who spend days or weeks in the hospital. A surprise toy provides hours of happiness and perhaps some relief from their illness. During the holidays or on their birthday, this may be the only gift the child receives.

Super-hero and fashion dolls will be collected at the Institute registration desk during registration hours. If you are interested in helping deliver the dolls immediately following the Institute on Friday, please sign up at the registration table or see Dwayne Mingo for details.  For health reasons, deliveries will not be made directly to the child, but to the Hospital Administrator.

Can’t bring a doll?  Don’t want to shop? Make your check payable to the Randall Children’s Hospital or—if your contribution is cash—we will go shopping for you!

GAD Institute Agenda

2017 GAD Institute


Questions? Contact Kyle Lambert London at 202-383-1203.