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 17 major national real estate industry trade associations. Collectively, Roundtable members’ portfolios contain over 12 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at more than $1 trillion; over 1.5 million apartment units; and in excess of 2.5 million hotel rooms. Participating trade associations represent more than 1.5 million people involved in virtually every aspect of the real estate business.
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 legislation affecting the real estate industry during the last thirty-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 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 to enhance the industry’s overall Washington advocacy efforts. Previously he served as co-chairman of the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s 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 also serves on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.
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. In 2010, Mr. DeBoer was named a “top 10 Industry Newsmaker of the Decade” by GlobeSt.com and in 2013 he was selected by Commercial Property Executive as one of the “30 most influential people in real estate”. Mr. DeBoer was honored in 2016 by Real Estate Forum as the “Voice of the Industry”.
Mr. DeBoer holds degrees from Washington and Lee University School of Law and from Yankton College. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association.