BAM Key Details:

  • Donna Gland, the head of Talent Development and Resources at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is retiring at the end of the year after 38 years with the organization.
  • This news comes one week after CEO Bob Golberg announced he would begin his retirement early. 

A week after the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced CEO Bob Goldberg would be stepping down early came another retirement announcement.   

Donna Gland, head of Talent Development and Resources, will be retiring at the end of the year, Goldberg shared in an email to NAR staffers. Gland has been with the organization for 38 years.

A Call for New Leadership

Since September, memos from internal staff and the NAR Accountability Project have demanded the removal of NAR leadership, including Goldberg and Gland, as well as Katie Johnson, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Member Experience Officer, and Tracy Kasper, President. 

The letter from an anonymous group of internal staff noted that current leaders contributed to a toxic work environment, stating, “…those internal leaders who are in positions of power that did nothing to protect staff, namely Bob Goldberg, Donna Gland, and Katie Johnson.”

Goldberg’s early retirement was announced on November 2nd, with Nykia Wright stepping in as the interim CEO until a permanent replacement is selected. 

While NAR stated Gland’s retirement is a “personal decision” in an emailed statement, it may be that pressures from these groups have accelerated the decision. 

The change in leadership could free up some of NAR’s payroll, which may be needed for the appeal and defense of industry lawsuits. Gland’s base salary was $514,382 at the time of the latest public tax filing in 2021, and Goldberg’s $2,522,204. Both received an additional $50,940 in “other” compensation. 

Will this lead to lasting change?

The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not changes in leadership will lead to a full transformation of the organization. It will largely depend on who is selected to take on these roles permanently. It is not known, as of now, how the selection process will be handled, and whether or not current leadership will have a say in that process. 

Stay tuned for more details on the changes happening within NAR.