After an extensive months-long search process, the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) has announced that former Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef has been hired as their new Government Affairs Director.
Donna had a notable career with the Dare County Planning Department, having worked there from 1988 until early this year. She served as the Planning Director for the last twelve years, retiring earlier this year.
“One of the biggest issues is essential and workforce housing and the secondary consequences of the housing crisis on the community, specifically the workforce shortage and quality of life impacts,” Creef said.
Through her role as GAD, Creef said she is looking forward to advocating on issues such as housing, economic sustainability, property insurance, and private property rights.
“It is important that OBAR is known as pro-community and not perceived as only pro-development,” Creef said. “REALTORS® are community members also with vested interests in quality-of-life issues and the vitality of the Outer Banks.”
Creef is a 34-year resident of the Outer Banks and is the owner of Creef Consulting LLC.
She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She follows former OBAR GAD Porter Graham who left in April to work in government affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, DC.
Donna is well known for her work on zoning issues and flood plain management.
She was the principal designer of the “Low Risk is Not No Risk” campaign, and drafted Dare’s current land use plans. In working with OBAR, the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, and local municipalities, she led the effort to establish local building elevation standards.
“OBAR has the task of protecting the rights of property owners and serving our members. Our work on government affairs and advocacy gives
Association members the timely information on these matters,” said OBAR President Doug Brindley.
“We are blessed to have the talent and available personnel here in Dare and Currituck Counties; our search for a Government Affairs Director led us to the best qualified person in Donna Creef,” said Brindley. “We welcome Donna and are excited about our future working together.”
“I am excited to welcome Donna Creef as our Government Affairs Director. Donna’s wealth of knowledge greatly reduces the learning curve as a new GAD,” said Rosemarie Doshier, chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
Legislative issues affecting home ownership is our number one priority as REALTORS®,” Doshier said. “We are looking forward to working together with our local and state officials to achieve our goals for our property owners throughout our communities.”