Joseph R. Molinaro is the Managing Director, Community Affairs, for the National Association of REALTORS in Washington, DC. He oversees NAR’s Smart Growth and Housing Opportunity Programs, which include REALTORtraining, grants to REALTORassociations, technical assistance on land use regulation to state and local REALTOR associations, and voter surveys on growth and development issues. He is editor of On Common Ground, NAR’s smart growth magazine. He also manages NAR’s tracking of state real estate legislation, and NAR’s Issues Mobilization program, which provides funding and technical assistance for state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns. He played a leading role in NAR’s new Washington building being certified as the first green building in the District of Columbia, the building achieving Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.
Prior to joining NAR in 2000, Mr. Molinaro was Director of Land Development Services for the National Association of Home Builders, where he introduced smart growth and new urbanism to educational programs for builders.
Mr. Molinaro was a 2005 Fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building, based at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Charrette Institute.