National Association of Realtors Names C. Renee Wilson Executive Director

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Realtors (NAREB), America’s oldest minority real estate trade association, today named C. Renee Wilson, of Cleveland, as its executive director. Founded in 1947, NAREB works to increase black home ownership.

Wilson has served as Acting Executive Director for the past seven months and has been part of the NAREB team since 2005. After serving as Special Assistant to the President and Manager of Special Projects, she was appointed Executive and Management Advisor in 2007, then National Director of Relations. in 2009.

“NAREB is lucky to have someone with Renee’s qualifications as executive director,” said NAREB President Lydia M. Pope, noting Wilson’s service as “REALIST,” the designation for NAREB members. “Her long-standing relationship with NAREB and her wealth of experience on the ground make her uniquely qualified to fill this vitally important position.”

Wilson thanked the NAREB board. “Although I have been part of the NAREB family for over 16 years, I am grateful to the Board of Directors for entrusting me with this incredible responsibility, especially at this time in our nation’s history when social justice, wealth creation and racial equity are high priority issues.”

Prior to joining NAREB, Wilson was Principal Owner of United International Mortgage Bank. Wilson, who attended Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., also founded two companies: CTS Consultants Firm, a corporate concierge services company providing both social and business solutions; and CTS Real Estate Services Brokerage.
NAREB’s mission is to provide African Americans with opportunities to realize the American dream of home ownership. Guided by its five pillars of creating black wealth through home ownership, the association prioritizes faith-based and civic engagement; women’s initiatives; diversity and inclusion/small businesses; multigenerational wealth; and government relations and advocacy. Since its inception, its motto has been “Democracy in Housing”, which positions NAREB as a strong advocate for justice and equity in the housing and lending sectors. Each year, NAREB publishes “The State of Housing in Black America,” a study documenting the root causes of disparities in minority homeownership. Wilson plays a vital role in compiling the report.

NAREB is holding its 2022 Mid-Winter Conference March 1-4 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas. For more information about NAREB and the conference, visit

Kristan F. Talley