MIAMI — MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) Chairman of the Board Jennifer Wollmann has earned one of the highest awards women in housing can receive as she was selected among HousingWire’s 2021 Women of Influence, representing the top women influencing the housing economy. The selection highlights a 20-year leadership Realtor career in which Wollmann has volunteered countless hours for the betterment of South Florida real estate — fighting for property rights and homeownership in Tallahassee, leading national committees, helping bring innovative services to MIAMI members, and more.
“I am grateful to HousingWire for curating informative content to the housing, real estate, and mortgage communities,” Wollmann said. “It is an honor to be included with such an illustrious group of women who are dedicated to making the dream of homeownership come true for so many and for ensuring that more people are able to afford to own their homes.”
HousingWire, a top source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets, reaches over 60,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 1.0 million unique visitors each month. 2021 marks the 11th year of this award being recognized, with nominations growing and becoming more competitive every year.
Out of hundreds of submissions received, only 100 winners were selected. The Women of Influence are selected by HousingWire’s Selection Committee based on their professional achievements within their organizations, but contributions to the overall industry, community outreach, client impact and personal success also factor into the decision. Wollmann is featured in the August issue of HousingWire Magazine and on its website.
“Congratulations to these women who are cultivating a new path forward for the housing industry and reimagining a better, more collaborative future,” HousingWire managing editor Brena Nath said.
Jennifer Wollmann: Putting Her Community First, Inspiring Future Leaders
You will not find anyone more passionate about property rights and homeownership than Wollmann. For 20 years, Wollmann has participated in annual Realtor trips to influence state legislative policy. Through her work on myriad committees and associations, she has successfully pushed for more housing opportunities for first-time homebuyers and workforce housing for teachers, police officers, etc.
“Jennifer quietly moves mountains,” MIAMI Chairman of the Board Elect Francisco Arencibia Jr. said. “She has influenced so many people to volunteer for associations and committees because Jennifer always puts others and her community first. Jennifer is so infectious with her commitment that you want to be a part of it.”
In April 2020, Wollmann was one of eight people named to the Economic Recovery Task Force for Miami-Dade County. The panel, created via Board of County Commissioners resolution, was tasked to come up with procedures for reopening Miami-Dade amid the global pandemic. Wollmann generated ideas and plans to help local small businesses stay open. The task force identified resources such as grants, loans, and other financial assistance available to businesses.
As 2021 MIAMI Realtors chairman of the board, Wollmann is working with local governments, universities, and other trade associations to address housing affordability. In April 2021, Wollmann worked with MIAMI’s advocacy team as the MIAMI Realtors advocated against Florida Senate Bill 2512, which will divide money previously slated for affordable housing for sea-level rise mitigation and wastewater projects, in addition to affordable-housing programs. MIAMI argued lawmakers should use housing trust funds for housing.
Wollmann served as chairman-elect of the MIAMI Realtors in 2020. Over the past 12 months, she was part of the leadership group that made crucial decisions, plans, and programs amid the global pandemic. Wollmann’s ability to connect with top retail landlords in October 2020 and have them speak to the board about challenges they were seeing during the pandemic helped the board gain a better perspective. Wollmann and MIAMI’s leadership team successfully ensured real estate remained an essential business during the pandemic.
Wollmann and the MIAMI leadership team also worked to educate our 52,000-plus members and the public on how to view properties and complete transactions virtually and then safely in person; launched MiamiRealtorsLIVE.com (which has more than 1,500 virtual Realtor classes, webinars and 180+ video tutorials); created a successful virtual open house program on SouthFloridaOpenHouseSearch.com for Realtors and more.
She has served: the 2021 National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Federal, Financing & Housing Policy Committee, the Commercial PAC for Florida Realtors as 2019 chairman, PACE committee for Florida Realtors; Miami-Dade County Public School’s Site Selection, Planning and Construction Committee; Village of Pinecrest Planning Board and the Village’s Transportation Master Plan Steering Committee; the Florida Realtor Association’s Smart Growth Committee; the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Environment and Education committees; and the Grievance Committee for the Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County.
About the MIAMI Association of Realtors
The MIAMI Association of Realtors was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 101 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward-MIAMI Association of Realtors, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents 52,000 total real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S. and has official partnerships with 223 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is www.miamirealtors.com