The San Diego-based Asian Real Estate Association of America has announced the formation of a National Advisory Board made up of "some of the leading thinkers" in the housing, real estate, and academic communities.The members will be: Alan Dakay, president and chief executive officer, Citi Home Equity; Renie Yoshida Grohl, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Fannie Mae; Rodolfo Saenz, executive vice president of emerging markets, Countrywide Home Loans; Gary Acosta, founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; Don Nakanishi, director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; Cliff Turner, president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers; and Thomas Stevens, president of the National Association of Realtors. "I will rely heavily on this advisory board to help us build a world-class organization and deliver on our important mission of closing the homeownership gap facing the Asian-American community," AREAA chairman Allen M. Okamoto said.

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