Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Appraisal Foundation, the foremost authority on the appraisal and valuation profession, believes that the appraisal industry should reflect the diversity of the nation. We are proud to be partnering with our sponsors and professional stakeholder organizations in working toward a more inclusive and diverse appraisal community. 

A career in appraisal and valuation is an excellent opportunity for anyone, but especially ideal for those wanting the independence the appraisal profession can offer. In an effort to support more inclusive strategies, The Appraisal Foundation has created this page to encourage underrepresented groups to consider the appraisal profession.
To further this mission, we are committed to the following: 
Working towards an inclusive appraisal profession and Foundation boards that are reflective of the United States we live in today
Expanding required anti-bias and fair housing training for appraiser credentialing and continuing education
- Facilitating connections between prospective appraisers and seasoned practitioners
Creating a career pathway for aspiring appraisers to meet their educational and experiential requirements

Click here to learn more about our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. You can also see the results of The Appraisal Foundation's first survey to gain insight into the demographics of the appraisal profession. These results will guide the Foundation's work to grow the profession and enhance our efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

To learn more about a career in appraisal click here.

If you are a consumer, check out our Consumer Resources page for more information.
Questions? Please contact Jalin Debeuneure.


Helpful Links

We will continually update this section with resources for aspiring appraisers.
How to Become an Appraiser
State Regulatory Agency List
Approved Degree Programs in Real Estate
Appraiser Diversity Pipeline Initiative

Appraiser Contact List

Below is a list of appraisers that you can contact for insight on becoming an appraiser. These appraisers are all volunteers who are giving their time to assist aspiring appraisers and their views do not represent the positions of The Appraisal Foundation. If you've previously spoken with one of our volunteer advisors, we would appreciate your feedback in this brief survey .  

  Ellen Cassady
I am a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in business for 23 years.  Started raising cattle in Central Illinois and now I am in Western Missouri - performing appraisal work in both states.
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Norman Chung
I am an appraisal reviewer for a commercial bank and have MAI, AI-GRS, and MRICS designations.
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Danyl Collings

Residential appraiser, offering prospective, current and forecasting valuation services
Certified Residential Appraiser who owns a valuation company with three certified appraisers and three trainees.  Enjoys training the next generation of appraisers looking to utilize technology to become an efficient and quality valuation expert.

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Karen Friel
I have been in the appraisal profession since the 1980's beginning in pension fund portfolio appraisals.  For the past three decades, I have worked in the lending world reviewing appraisals for financial institutions.
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  Mark Gerber
State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser &  Licensed Real Estate Broker & AQB Certified USPAP Instructor #71542
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Pat Grengs
Certified Residential Appraiser with 39 years of experience in the industry and as a mentor. I have a passion for this industry and for the integrity of credible assignment results. I hold the SRA and AI-RRS designations from the Appraisal Institute.
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Mark Kontos
Specialty is high dollar luxury and waterfront properties

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Robert J. Luciani, ASA

Adjunct Professor, Temple University Real Estate Institute
Real property appraisers and AQB certified USPAP instructor with 35 years experience in real estate, appraisal and assessment profession.

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Steven L. Maher

Certified Residential Appraiser (3o yeas); AQB Instructor; National Instructor for McKissock 12 years; CDEI
I am a teacher, an appraiser, and an instructor with over 30 years experience working to reinforce the integrity of our profession to provide good, reliable information so our clients can make an informed financial decision.

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  Neill F. McDonald, MAI, AI-GRS
Land appraisals; highest and best use studies; reviewing reports of appraisal
Retired (military) cargo helicopter pilot; nine years on a metropolitan planning organization; past AI chapter president; Scout Troop-Committee chair.

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  Therese Rutherford
I am an Appraisal Manager at JPMorgan Chase based in New York City.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Real Estate Finance from Penn State University.
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William Trombly

Single family homes and data analytics
With a degree in economics/law and time honored values learned in 8 years of military service, I have a bit of advice for anyone starting.

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Jillian White
Residential real estate appraising, co-ops, alternative valuation products, mortgage lending, collateral risk, direct engagement appraisal panels
I have been a field appraiser, business owner, and I am currently the Head of Collateral for a fintech.
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