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About BAAA Committees

Committees are one of the most productive tools an association has to accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives. Whether you are chairing a committee or are a committee member, you face the challenge of getting involved in the work the committee was formed to accomplish. The recommendations of a committee often has a direct impact on the decisions made by the officers and the board of directors of the association. Plus, it’s a great networking opportunity. 


One of the best ways to get acquainted with BAAA members is through committee participation. Please look over the current committee listing, find one or two that interest you and sign-up. It’s that easy to get involved in BAAA. If you would like to participate in any BAAA committees, simply fill out the committee signup form, and we will add your name to the mailing list. You will receive information about the time and place of meetings and how you can become involved in the committee’s activities.

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Conference Line: 813-591-5662

Committee List


This committee is responsible for overseeing the association’s educational programs. It helps develop and plan seminars, classes and workshops for the association.

Meetings: Committee meets in-person monthly. Annual planning meetings (1/2 day) are also held 1- 2 times a year.

Members: Laura Policy, Sofia Welch

Mentor: Debra DeSmidt (Director of Education)


One of the most important committees in the association is the Membership Committee. Its job is to add new members and also to retain the existing membership.

Meetings: Generally meets monthly.

Membership Subcommittees: Calling, Renewal & Retention, Recruitment & Benefits

Members: Jay Thompson, Justin Frost, Doug Cullaro

Maintenance Mania

The Maintenance Committee is in charge of the maintenance competition that takes place annually. They sign up contestants, solicit sponsorships and coordinate the set up and break down of the event.

Meetings: This committee meets via conference call and in person.

Members: Tammy Trainham, Dave DeMaio, Frank Ingrassia


The annual Auction is held in July and involves the process of getting items donated for the event. The committee works with the auctioneer the night of the event displaying the items and setting up the displays.

Meetings: This committee meets monthly for 4 months.

Members: Dustin Miller, Betsy Smith, Michael Wait

Golf Outing

This committee coordinates the selection of the location for the annual golf event, solicits sponsorships and players.

Meetings: This committee meets monthly for about 5 months.

Members: Chad Dewald, Joe Rifenburg

Government Activities

This Government Affairs committee focuses on external communications with media and providing monitoring, reporting and advocacy on local, state and national legislative activities affecting the multi-housing industry with members through social media, Bayline Magazine and the BAAA website.

Members: Lisa Dailey, Christina Inglis

Mentor: Robert Griffiths (Government Activities Director)

Trade Show

This committee is responsible for planning and conducting the annual Trade Show. The theme, exhibitor space rental, date of show and other relevant activities are chosen by this committee.

Meetings: This committee meets as needed from January through mid-May.

Members: Richard Katat, Wendy Milenkevich, Fernando Ramos

Gold Medallion Awards

Each year BAAA honors the top professionals in the industry at the Awards program. Committee members work on the overall process of getting the members to nominate candidates, location selection, sponsorships and the flow of the presentations.

Meetings: This committee meets monthly and bi-weekly from October through mid March.

Members: Jay Thompson, Lisa LaVigne

Young Professionals

If you are a young professional between the ages of 21-40 OR if you're new to the rental housing industry (5yrs or less) and want a place to meet people and ask questions, this committee is perfect for you. The Bay Area Apartment Association’s Young Professionals Committee is a new, energetic committee that seeks to engage the future leaders of the apartment industry through networking, education, and giving back to the community. This committee gives millennials and new  multifamily professionals the opportunity to connect and grow as we help shape the future of our industry.

Members: Clint Snouwaert, Rochelle Prado

Community Service

This committee is responsible for community outreach and corporate social responsibilty efforts including sweat equity projects, collection drives and events that benefit local non-profit organizations. 

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday at 10am via Conference Call

Members: Wendy Milenkevich