On Thursday, October 1, Nykea Pippion McGriff of Coldwell Banker Realty, began her term as the president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS (CAR), the first black female to hold the position in the association’s 137-year history.
“I am proud to be paving a path for those like me in a city where my roots are deep-seated,” said Pippion McGriff. “I look forward to being able to inspire my peers in the community and help the real estate industry move forward during my time as CAR’s president.”
Pippion McGriff began her trailblazing leadership as a director on CAR’s board in 2015, and served as treasurer in 2018. In partnership with the CAR Foundation, she created the Xavier O. Joy Scholarship in memory of her son. Pippion McGriff also serves as an Illinois REALTORS director and federal political coordinator for Congressman Bobby Rush, where she works for the interests of private property owners. She currently serves as a governor-appointed member of the Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). She was the 2019 president of Women’s Council of REALTORS Illinois, as well as the 2017 president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS Chicago. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Pippion McGriff will be honored at CAR’s Virtual Inaugural Gala on Thursday, October 29. During this event, she will be formally installed along with the 2020-2021 board of directors, which will be made up of twenty-one REALTORS. In addition to Pippion McGriff, the board of directors will be led by president-elect Antje Gehrken of A.R.E. Partners, treasurer Sarah Ware of Ware Realty Group and immediate past president Maurice Hampton of Centered International Realty.