Donna Creef hired as OBAR government affairs director

Published 4:57 pm Sunday, October 30, 2022

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After a 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 its new government affairs director.

Creef worked with the Dare County planning department from 1988 until early this year. She served as the planning director for the last 12 years, retiring earlier this year.

“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,” stated Doug Brindley, president of OBAR. “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. We welcome Donna and are excited about our future working together.”

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Creef 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.

In accepting the position, Creef shared, “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.” Through her role as GAD, 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 continued. “REALTORS® are community members also with vested interests in quality-of-life issues and the vitality of the Outer Banks.”

Rosemarie Doshier, chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, stated, “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. Legislative issues affecting home ownership is our number one priority as REALTORS®. We are looking forward to working together with our local and state officials to achieve our goals for our property owners throughout our communities.”

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.



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