NAR hires former Trump Treasury official as top lobbyist

The National Association of Realtors has just announced two major new hires to influential leadership positions: Shannon McGahn, a former Congressional staff leader and former Treasury Department official in the Trump Administration, will become NAR’s new senior vice president of government affairs and Victoria Gillespie, a Realtor and former executive at several credit unions, will serve as chief marketing and communications officer.

Victoria Gillespie (L) and Shannon McGahn (R) in composition photo. Credit: NAR

McGahn is the first woman to hold the position in NAR’s 110-year-long history. She formerly served as the staff director of the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Before that, she worked as a counselor at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She is also married to outgoing top White House lawyer Don McGahn.

McGahn takes over from NAR’s influential top lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello, a 37-year veteran who helped oversee the trade group’s growing influence on Capitol Hill, and is retiring at the end of the year.

Gillespie meanwhile previously worked as senior VP of enterprise marketing and communications for Northwest Federal Credit Union, before that, senior VP of the Realtors Federal Credit Union, and before that, owned operated her own real estate agency for 12 years. She starts in her new NAR role on October 15.