CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® installs leadership team in 2023

LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE AGENT® (CAR) has installed its leadership team for 2023. The team is headed by CAR President Jennifer Branchinia full-time BROKER in the Bay Area® since 1998. Serving with Branchini are President-elect Melanie Baerkertreasurer Heather Ozur and chief executive officers John Sebree. The officers of the year 2023 begin their official term this week with the graduation of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) Conference and Expo held in Orlando, Fla.



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CAR President Jennifer Branchini

REALTOR in San Francisco Bay®Jennifer Branchini serves as CAR President. Branchini was a REALTOR® since 1998 when she started in her family’s real estate agency. Currently Associate Sales Manager at Compass in Pleasantshe is also an active REALTOR® helping her clients meet their housing needs.

Branchini has held numerous managerial positions throughout her career.

At the state level, Branchini has served on the CAR Board of Directors since 2010 and has served in various capacities on numerous CAR committees. Most recently, Branchini served as CAR Treasurer from 2020-2021 and was responsible for leading the Strategic Planning Committee which identified critical issues of concern to REALTORS® based on the driving forces influencing the development of the real estate market and the brokerage industry.

Nationally, she has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2014. Most recently, she served as Member Services Liaison and Chair of the Sessions and Conference Committee.

Locally, she served as President of the Bay East Association of REALTORS in 2014®. She was instrumental in establishing the Bay East Young Professional Network (YPN) and chaired CAR’s YPN forum. Branchini was honored as REALTOR 2010® of the Year and was named a Bay East Outstanding Leader in 2017 and 2020.

Branchini is passionate about working with her fellow brokers® to improve the real estate profession and enjoys mentoring others in this journey.

CAR President-elect Melanie Baerker

Fresno REALTOR®Melanie Baerker is elected CAR President in 2023. A licensed REALTOR® Since 2004, Barker has been a co-owner of the Gemini Real Estate Group in Oakhurst, California As a veteran of the US Navy, where she served as quartermaster in charge of the ship’s navigational duties, service comes naturally to Barker.

At the state level, Barker has served as CAR director since 2007 and has served on numerous committees in various capacities, including executive, legislative, federal, and strategic planning and finance committees. Most recently she was Liaison, Public Policy.

Nationally, Barker has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2012. Most recently she was Chair of the Federal Finance Housing Policy.

Her organized real estate ministry began almost immediately after she became an agent® when Barker began volunteering as the director of government affairs for the Yosemite Gateway Association of REALTORS® from 2006-2008. She then served as President of that local association, which merged with the Fresno Association of REALTORS, in 2008 and 2015® in 2016. She served on the board of directors of the Fresno Association of REALTORS® from 2016-2019 and as its Treasurer in 2020.

She is a member of NAR’s Presidents Circle and was inducted into NAR’s RPAC Hall of Fame in 2021. She was a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®California and was named REALTOR twice® of the year 2006 and 2019.

CAR Treasurer Heather Ozur

Palm Springs REALTOR®Heather Ozur acts as CAR treasurer. Ozur was a REALTOR® specialized in residential real estate for more than 20 years with The RECollective in the Greater Palm Springs Area.

Ozur was an engaging and active voice at REALTOR® Community since 2003. At the state level, Ozur has served as CAR Director since 2008 and has served on various committees including Strategic Planning and Finance, Professional Standards, Transactions and Regulation, Federal, Legislative and Business Technology Forums.

Nationally, Ozur serves as the NAR Director. She has served as chair of the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee, member of the Finance Committee and representative of RPAC Major Investor. She is a graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy and RPAC Golden R Presidents Circle Hall of Fame.

At the local level, Ozur served as President of the California Desert Association of REALTORS in 2010 and 2011® and as Secretary of the Greater Palm Springs Association of REALTORS® from 2015-2018. In 2013 she was awarded the honor of REALTOR by CDAR® of the year.

Also active with the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Ozur served as national president in 2019. She previously served as President of the Local Network in 2005 Greater Palm Springs and 2014 President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® California.

CAR CEO John Sebree

John Sebree joined CAR as chief executive officer February 2022. Sebree was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Missouri REALTORS®.

Before his role in MissouriSebree served as senior vice president of public policy for Florida REALTORS® for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked in the NAR Department of Governmental Affairs at the in Washington, D.C for 13 years.

Sebree was a senior legislator who worked with the congressional delegations of eight states. Prior to NAR, Sebree served on the US House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs for two years.

Pioneering…® in California Real estate for more than 117 years that CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE AGENT® ( is one of the largest government trade organizations in The United States with more than 217,000 members dedicated to promoting real estate professionalism. CAR is headquartered in los Angeles.



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