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Stephen M. Renna - Bio

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Stephen Renna is currently Director of the Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Renna has over 30 years of experience working in the legal, policy and trade association professions.

He previously served as a trade association executive having led two trade associations and been a senior executive in a third. Mr. Renna also is a subject matter expert in complex real estate equity and finance structures and capital markets.

Prior to the Advocacy Center, Mr. Renna held the position of Managing Director and Co-Founder of Source Association Strategies, a strategic consulting firm to trade associations.

He served for five years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). CREFC is the premier trade association of the $3.2 trillion commercial real estate finance industry worldwide.

Prior to joining CREFC, Mr. Renna was President of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). NAREIM is the leading association of companies engaged in the real estate investment management business with over $1 trillion of assets.

Mr. Renna also was Senior Vice President and Counsel at The Real Estate Roundtable, a Washington, DC based national public policy organization representing the commercial and multifamily real estate industry. His tenure with the Roundtable centered on tax policy.

Mr. Renna practiced law and specialized in real estate taxation, partnerships and public and privately placed investment syndications.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC and his BA with honors from Fairfield University. He is admitted to the District of Columbia and Connecticut bar associations.

Mr. Renna is married and resides in Alexandria, VA.


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