Get Involved Today, Be the Leadership of Tomorrow
Those who volunteer with SCCAOR Committees receive a wealth of benefits in exchange for giving back to the industry that has supported them. They receive greater visibility, professional connections, and insights into our industry that others simply don’t have.
Our committees provide valuable feedback and recommendations to our Board of Directors, so that they can make the best policy decisions on behalf of our members. Joining a committee is often the first step taken on the pathway to becoming a member of SCCAOR’s Leadership Team of Officers and Directors.
Please read below for more information about each committee. Then fill out the form with your contact information and committee preferences. A committee chair or staff liaison will contact you about the next steps. Thank you for your interest in contributing your valuable time to the success of your Association!
The Affiliate Committee consists of members who are from different sectors within the real estate industry. Together, they collaborate to come up with innovative ways that will add value to the real estate community while highlighting our members of the SCCAOR Affiliate Community. The Committee hosts monthly Brunch and Learn events that provide a forum for our Affiliate members to share their knowledge with SCCAOR REALTOR® members. If you’re an Affiliate, please consider joining.
Jonathan Wyant – Chair
Ruth Van Derostyne
The Commercial Council provides our REALTOR® members with education, networking, and referral opportunities so they can increase their earning capacity by becoming proficient in dealing with Commercial Real Estate transactions, or have the means to refer clients to reputable vetted Commercial Agents.
Mike Priolo – Chair
The Education Committee helps staff identify relevant educational content and recommend high-quality instructors to deliver that content to SCCAOR Staff. The Committee will keep a pulse on the industry to ensure members are receiving the latest information, education, & relevant news related to their business.
Terese Ferrara, Chair
Diversity, Equity, and, Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI) serve to create a SCCAOR that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. It also aims to promote fair housing and DEI to the community in the real estate industry. The DEI Committee has defined diversity, equity, and inclusion as follows:
- Diversity: Includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.
- Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
- Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.
Gustavo Gonzalez, Chair
Shivangi Mishra, Vice Chair
Dr. Hassan Sabbagh
Finance committee reviews SCCAOR’s budgets and ensures the financial success of the Association.
William Chea – Chair
Carl San Miguel
The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation is composed of REALTORS® and Affiliates who raise money through various real estate industry events to support non-profit housing and social benefit organizations. They also actively engage our REALTOR® members on volunteer projects such as house and park rehabs.
Anna Lopez – Chair
Cheryl Javier – Vice Chair
Michelle Lin – Treasurer
Frank Cancilla – Secretary
Celeste Martino – Grants Chair
Clayton Dodds – Immediate Past Chair
Don Jessup – Volunteer Chair
The Grievance Committee reviews ethical complaints of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and determines whether or not those complaints meet the criteria to advance into a Professional Standards hearing. This Committee is also able to issue citations for a select type of violation.
Wendell Jones – Chair
Local Candidate Recommendation Committee
The Local Candidate Recommendation Committee (LCRC) interviews and evaluates candidates for public office to determine SCCAOR’s endorsement. The Committee also engages the membership to encourage political contributions and participation in political campaigns through independent expenditures.
Chair – Gustavo Gonzalez
Local Government Relations Committee
The Local Government Relations Committee (LGR) serves to educate SCCAOR members on issues that will impact them and their ability to conduct business. LGR also educates the public on issues impacting private property rights. Through activities such as legislative day and legislative awareness campaigns, LGR engages the membership to be active in the civic and political process.
Elizabeth Monley – Chair
Carl San Miguel
The Professional Standards Committee adjudicates arbitration and code of ethics complaints between members and the general public. Three years’ experience on the Grievance Committee is required prior to being eligible to serve on the Arbitration and Professional Standards Committee.
Ann Thai – Chair
Dr. Hassan Sabbagh
Carl San Miguel
The Special Events Committee assists with planning, promoting and implementing membership appreciation events. The Committee gives input on event sites, develops themes, obtains sponsors, selects entertainment, and increases awareness of these events to the membership.
Frank Cancilla – Chair
Hassan Sabbagh, JD
Young Professionals Network
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is geared towards engaging those “Young” in the business and helping them develop the skills, knowledge and professional networks to be a successful REALTOR® and future leader. Click here to visit the YPN page to view upcoming events.