About AOBA

What We Do

Hear AOBA’s senior leadership speak about 2013 priorities!

Annual Meeting 2013

The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is the leading membership organization representing commercial and multi-family residential real estate in the Washington, DC area. Serving members since its establishment in 1974, AOBA continues to protect and enhance the value of its members’ investments through effective leadership and advocacy, information exchange, and professional development.

With six lobbyists on staff, AOBA’s non-partisan government affairs activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia provide members with substantial savings in utilities, property taxes and other regulatory fees-- savings that enhance value to owners, tenants and residents. For an overview of AOBA's effective government affairs department, click here. And take a moment to review the Association's impressive advocacy accomplishments for 2013.

The organization is also engaged in on-going environmental initiatives and offers energy market updates and sustainability-related educational programs. (Click on Going Green for resources and helpful links.)

Throughout the year, AOBA also hosts special events that offer opportunities for members to connect with peers, recognize excellence through industry awards, and give back to our community. Visit our Sponsorships page and consider becoming an event sponsor or advertiser in our monthly newsletter!

Just for fun, check out a brief video, shown at our 2014 Annual Meeting to commemorate AOBA's 40th Anniversary, that spotlights life in 1974 – the year AOBA was founded!

Who We Are

AOBA members are owners or managers of commercial and multi-family residential properties, as well as companies that provide products and services to the real estate industry. Currently, the combined portfolio of AOBA’s membership is approximately 170 million square feet of commercial office space and 245,000 residential units in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

National Representation

AOBA is federated with the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). Through these affiliations, AOBA members are represented on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies, and have access to research and information, and forums for networking with peers across the country at the BOMA and NAA National Conventions.

Education and Professional Certification

AOBA offers a range of courses and seminars to give members the competitive edge in commercial and residential management. Through its federation with BOMA and NAA, AOBA members can participate in nationally recognized professional certification programs.

Working Together to Reduce Energy Costs

AOBA's subsidiary, AOBA Alliance, Inc., provides owners and managers the ability to achieve savings in the procurement of energy and energy-related services through access to industry information and combined procurement. Established in 2000, the AOBA Alliance is the largest customer-based energy aggregation group in the metropolitan Washington area, with approximately 6,000 accounts representing a total load of more than 600 MW of electricity and 2 BCF of natural gas.

How We’re Organized

AOBA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected annually. Members who serve on numerous advocacy and program committees, together with AOBA’s professional staff and Advisory Council, help accomplish the Association’s objectives, which include undertaking projects that give back significantly to our community and recognize excellence in the local real estate industry.