Leslie Rouda Smith will be representing the 1.5 million REALTORS® that know, trust and believe in NAR at one of the most pivotal times in the organization’s history.
Taking the helm supported by a majority-female leadership team, Rouda Smith will be tasked with building out efforts to combat discrimination, cement advocacy and foster technological innovation—all initiatives that have proven incredibly urgent over the last year. She will be relying on what she calls the “three S’s” of safety, strength and sustainability to guide REALTORS® toward an even more equitable future for real estate.
Rouda Smith, who also is a broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas, Texas, draws on her vast strategic leadership experience as well as her background working in North Texas, where she first felt the power of representation and leadership through her mentor, Ebby Halliday.
“Ebby surrounded herself with smart, capable people and gave them opportunities to lead,” Rouda Smith says. “She saw potential in me, for which I’m very grateful. As NAR President, I value the opportunity to do the same for rising woman leaders in our industry.”