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Jennifer Branchini

Jennifer Branchini

2023 C.A.R. President | email

San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR® Jennifer Branchini serves as C.A.R. President. Branchini has been a REALTOR® since 1998, when she began working at her family’s real estate brokerage. Currently an associate sales manager with Compass in Pleasanton, she’s also an active REALTOR®, helping her clients achieve their housing needs.

Branchini has held numerous leadership positions during her career.

At the state level, Branchini has served on the Board of Directors of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® since 2010 and has served in various capacities on numerous C.A.R. committees. Most recently, Branchini served as C.A.R. Treasurer in 2020-2021 and was responsible for leading the Strategic Planning Committee, identifying critical issues of importance to REALTORS® based on the driving forces affecting the evolution of the real estate market and brokerage industry.  

Nationally, she has served on the National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors since 2014. Most recently, she served as Member Services Liaison and Chair of the Meetings and Conference Committee.

At the local level, she served as the 2014 President of the Bay East Association of REALTORS®. She was instrumental in establishing the Bay East Young Professional Network (YPN) and led the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® YPN forum.  Branchini was honored as the 2010 REALTOR® of the Year and was recognized as the Bay East Outstanding Leader in 2017 and 2020.

Branchini is passionate about working together with her fellow REALTORS® to improve the real estate profession and enjoys mentoring others along the way

 
 

 

Melanie Barker

Melanie Barker

2023 C.A.R. President-elect | email

Fresno REALTOR® Melanie Barker is 2023 CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) President-elect. A licensed REALTOR® since 2004, Barker is co-owner of Gemini Real Estate Group in Oakhurst, Calif. As a U.S. Navy veteran where she served as a quartermaster handling the ship’s navigation duties, service is something that comes naturally to Barker.

At the state level, Barker has been a C.A.R. Director since 2007, serving on numerous committees in various capacities including Executive, Legislative, Federal, and Strategic Planning & Finance committees. Most recently, she was Liaison, Public Policy.

At the national level, Barker has been active with the National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors since 2012. Most recently, she served as its Federal Finance Housing Policy Chair.

Her service to organized real estate began almost immediately upon becoming a REALTOR® when Barker began volunteering as Government Affairs Director of the Yosemite Gateway Association of REALTORS® from 2006-2008. She then was 2008 and 2015 president of that local Association, which merged with the Fresno Association of REALTORS® 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 in 2021, was inducted into NAR’s RPAC Hall of Fame. She has served on the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, California and was twice named REALTOR® of the Year in 2006 and 2019.

Her service doesn’t stop with real estate. Involved in her community, she is also passionate about serving the Boys & Girls Club Oakhurst, where she has been active on its Board of Directors since 2011 and served as its president from 2013-2015. She was 2020 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and the Chamber’s 2018 president.

 
 

 

Heather Ozur Heather Ozur
2022-2023 C.A.R. Treasurer | email

Palm Springs REALTOR® Heather Ozur serves as C.A.R. Treasurer. Ozur has been a REALTOR® for more than 20 years, specializing in residential property with The RECollective in the Greater Palm Springs area.

Ozur has been a dedicated and active voice in the REALTOR® community since 2003. At the state level, Ozur has served as a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Director since 2008, serving on various committees including Strategic Planning and Finance, Professional Standards, Transaction, and Regulatory, Federal, Legislative, and Business Technology Forum.

At the national level, Ozur serves as a Director with the National Association of REALTORS®. She has served as the Chair for Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee, member of the Finance Committee, and an RPAC Major Investor representative. She is a graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy and an RPAC Golden R Presidents Circle Hall of Fame.

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

Also active with the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Ozur served as its 2019 National President. Previously, she served as the 2005 Local Network President for Greater Palm Springs and the 2014 President for Women’s Council of REALTORS® California. 

Ozur is a life learner, strategic thinker, leadership developer, and social entrepreneur. In real life, that means a mom, partner, volunteer, speaker, and REALTOR®.

 
 

 

John SebreeJohn M. Sebree

Chief Executive Officer, State Secretary 

John Sebree joined the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® as chief executive officer and state secretary in early 2022, overseeing the association’s objectives, business development, strategic planning, legislative policies and creating products so that real estate professionals can remain at the center of the real estate transaction and succeed in today’s rapidly changing real estate market.

Sebree previously served as chief executive officer of Missouri REALTORS® for more than seven years. Prior to his move to Missouri, Sebree served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Florida REALTORS® for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked in the Government Affairs division of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) in Washington, DC for 13 years. Sebree was a Senior Legislative Representative working with the congressional delegations of eight states. Prior to NAR, Sebree worked for two years for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs. 

As CEO of Missouri REALTORS®, Sebree has served at the national level on numerous committees, including NAR’s Executive Committee, Global Business Councils Forum, Association Executives Committee, as well as other task forces and Presidential Advisory Groups. He was a 2017 inductee to NAR’s Almon R. Bud Smith Leadership Society, which recognizes leading contributors to the real estate industry and the profession. Additionally, he is a Founding Member of LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance.

Active in his community, Sebree served in various capacities with the Hawthorn Foundation, Stephens College, Kentucky Society of Washington, and Children’s Home Society of the Big Bend. He was awarded Outstanding Alumni by Williamstown High School in 2018 and Best Public-Sector Lobbyist by Florida Fund Foundation in 2017.

A native of Kentucky, Sebree received a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Northern Kentucky University, where he was Student Body President. He earned an MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. 


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