Jeff DeBoer is the founding President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable. The Real Estate Roundtable represents the leadership of the nation’s top 150 privately-owned and publicly-held real estate ownership development, lending and management firms, as well as the elected leaders of the 16 major national real estate industry trade associations. Collectively, Roundtable members’ portfolios contain over 5 billion square feet of commercial, retail and industrial properties valued at more than $1 trillion that includes over 1.5 million apartment units and in excess of 1.3 million hotel rooms.
Mr. DeBoer has served as President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable since 1997 and through a variety of positions he has been at the forefront of every major piece of legislation affecting the real estate industry during the last twenty-five years. In addition to his position at the Roundtable, Mr. DeBoer serves as Chairman of the Real Estate Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC), an organization dedicated to enhancing the two-way communication between the industry and federal policymakers on matters relating to building security, terrorist threats, and incident reporting. He also serves as Chairman of the National Real Estate Organizations, a coalition of real estate trade associations working together to enhance the coordination of the industry’s overall Washington advocacy efforts. He also served as co-chairman of the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporations’ Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy and was a founding member of the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT).
Mr. DeBoer has discussed real estate and economic policy issues on FOX News, Bloomberg Television and CNBC; and his editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Mr. DeBoer was voted a “top 10 Industry Newsmaker of the Decade” by GlobeSt.com. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Mr. DeBoer earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and an undergraduate degree from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. Mr. DeBoer resides with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.
Carlos Calderon, a native of Bolivia, currently serves as the President/CEO of the Organization of American States (OAS) Staff Federal Credit Union, in Washington, D.C. During his 24 year involvement in credit unions, Mr. Calderon has consulted in credit union development in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and St. Lucia. Mr. Calderon received the World Council of Credit Unions Silver Award for credit union development work. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Credit Union Mortgage Association (CUMA), is a member of CUNA’s International Legislative and Operational Committee and co-founder and past chairman of the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals.
Mr. Calderon holds an Executive Masters in Leadership degree (E.M.L. 2007) from Georgetown University. He received his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A. 1988) from Marymount University and his Bachelors of Science in Information Systems (B.S. 1982) from George Mason University.
Peter Goelz offers IGEN decades of experience in national crisis communications and federal relations, with a specialty in aviation and transportation. He is regularly sought-after by national media as a commentator on aviation safety matters, appearing frequently on CNN, CBS Evening News, FOX News, MSNBC, and others. Most recently, Mr. Goelz worked for an international public relations firm where his clients included major airlines, aviation maintenance companies and leading transportation safety and security firms. Previously, Mr. Goelz served as managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board. He is widely hailed as one of the country’s most experienced coordinators in disaster situations.
Mr. Michael Griffin has been Executive Director of the County Executives of America for the past 26 years. The County Executives of America is a non-partisan organization that includes a membership of over 700 chief elected executives of a county or consolidated city/county government. This esteemed group represents more than 50% of the nation’s population and includes the largest metropolitan governments in the country.
Michael Griffin is also President of the Institute for regional Regional Development, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting cooperation between local governments and business interests throughout the world. Mr. Griffin has acted as a consultant to Congress, the Senate and four Presidents. Mr. Griffin was previously Executive Secretary of the New York State Pension Advisory Board. He was also President of Polites Communications Company; President and CEO of Creative Resources Group; Principal Legislative Coordinator of the New York Legislature and Executive Director of the American Association of Trustees, Managers and Administrators. Mr. Griffin was director of legislation for New York Governor Hugh Carey and directed the successful campaigns of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan, Senator Bob Graham and Mayor Ed Koch. Michael Griffin received his BA from the University of Miami and his MA from Cornell University.
Since 1996, Mr. Minix has developed a wide variety of optical sensors and tactical communication systems as the Vice President for Research and Development for a Defense contractor. These embedded sensors have gone from the lab to field on tight schedules and budgets. He is a graduate of The Citadel and has unparalleled experience fielding and testing new technologies in austere conditions worldwide.
James Pasco is the Executive Director of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), with over 324,000 members. FOP is the oldest and largest police organization in the United States. In this position, Mr. Pasco is responsible for all operations of the Washington, D.C. office, including all legislative initiatives and oversight of programs/policies that impact police officers across the country.
Mr. Pasco is also Principal Partner of the consulting firm, Jim Pasco & Associates. He has been a legislative and media consultant with over 28 years of experience within the federal government. Jim Pasco served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He began his federal career with the United States Customs Service in 1968. In 1970 he joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). During his tenure with ATF, he ascended to the Senior Executive Service and held a number of key managerial positions, including Chief, Procedures Branch; Chief, Strategic Planning; and Chief, Alcohol Import-Export Branch. Mr. Pasco retired from the ATF in 1995 after serving 11 years as the Assistant Director for Congressional and Media Affairs. At the request of the President, Mr. Pasco served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee. He has been appointed to numerous boards and committees, including a Presidential appointment to the Federal Salary Council; the United States Marshalls Service Advisory Board on Judicial Security; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Civilian Police International Board of Advisors.
John D. Raffaelli is the founding partner of Capitol Counsel LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience in Federal Policy and policymaking, with an emphasis on taxation, finance, health care, international trade and general business matters. In addition to being called a “big-name lobbyist” by The Washington Post, he has been nationally recognized as one of the most effective lobbyists in Washington and is respected by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for his knowledge of the legislative process and his ability to develop public policy solutions to client problems. In 2007, he was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top 25 lobbyists in the Nation’s Capital and he has made every top lobbyist list the magazine has published.
Mr. Raffaelli spent four years on Capitol Hill as counsel for tax and international trade to Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). He developed extensive expertise in the tax rules governing depreciation, R&D, insurance, real estate, energy and other issues; and, as a lobbyist, he has regularly represented clients before Congress on those issues. Before founding Capitol Counsel, Mr. Raffaelli was a founder and former Chairman of The Washington Group, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented a wide variety of business, tax, and trade clients on Capitol Hill and before executive branch agencies. Prior to serving with The Washington Group and its predecessor firm, Raffaelli, Spees, Springer and Smith, Mr. Raffaelli was a partner in the Washington law firm of Bishop Cook, Purcell and Reynolds. Before serving on Senator Bentsen’s staff in the Senate, Mr. Raffaelli served as attorney advisor to then Chief Judge Samuel Sterrett of the U.S. Tax Court. He also served as Staff Assistant to Congressman Wright Patman (D-TX).
Mr. Raffaelli has served as a managing trustee of the Democratic National Committee. He was also actively involved in the 1992 Clinton for President Campaign, served on the 1996 Clinton-Gore National Finance Committee and served as Vice Chair of the Kerry for President Campaign. He is active each year in many House and Senate campaigns. Mr. Raffaelli also served on the President’s Advisory Committee on The Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Raffaelli holds an L.L.M. degree in taxation from New York University Law School, a J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas law School and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from American University.