Brian A. Bernardoni

Brian A. Bernardoni Called “highly effective, trustworthy and visible” by numerous Aldermen including Chicago City Council Finance Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th), Brian A. Bernardoni of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) is the Senior Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy serving the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR).  He is a resident of the City of Chicago.  

Bernardoni works with the Association's leadership and volunteers to assess and monitor legislation impacting the entire Chicagoland real estate industry, as well as lobby and provide legislative strategies for its emerging economic development and commercial real estate interests.  He led efforts to fight back restrictive inclusionary zoning ordinances and residential fire sprinklers while working to find solutions to the core problems which have led to these ordinances. He lobbies the City of Chicago, the County of Cook and the United States Congress where his efforts were integral in drafting and passing pro-real estate legislation including allowing for the installation of plastic pipe in Chicago.  Innovative; his efforts have given CAR members full access to Cook County Assessors data.  The program; known as DATALYNX was regarded in 2005 as one of the top 10 innovative REALTOR® member programs in the nation by Association Executives from across the nation.  In addition, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Bernardoni worked to open the Cook County Board of Review books and allow for over 30,000 Cook County residents and business owners to appeal their assessments using REALTOR® data.   

Bernardoni is the National Chairperson of the National Association of REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Directors, an elected position by his peers.  He serves as a member of the REALTOR® Association Executive Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and is the Public Policy Chairperson for the Association Forum.  A prolific fundraiser, since 2003 he has raised over $1 million for RPAC, the REALTOR® Political Action Committee.   

In his prior capacities, Bernardoni served as Executive Director of the University Village Association, a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3, located in Chicago's Near West Side, serving Chicago's Little Italy. As Executive Director, Brian's efforts increased economic development, real estate planning, media visibility and tourist interest in the Near West Side/Chicago's Little Italy.  As a lobbyist for Chicago's high-rise office building industry (BOMA/Chicago), he managed issues including (TIF) Tax Increment Financing, electric deregulation, building codes and education funding. A former Human Relations commissioner for Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, he was responsible for drafting, lobbying for and then passing the city's first matriculation ordinance.   

A former print and radio reporter and a prolific public speaker, Bernardoni frequently is sought out to speak to governmental, political, academic and not-for-profit organizations throughout Illinois. He has been a panelist on WLS-AM and WGN-AM in Chicago and is a frequent contributor to the Townstone Financial Show heard weekly on WIND-AM (Formally WCKG-FM) on Saturday afternoons.  He is a frequent contributor to several publications including a bi-weekly column in “Chicago Agent” as well as being published in “Chicago Real Estate Executive” and the “Chicago REALTOR®,” among other publications. 

Bernardoni also has an extensive civic background, having served on several boards and commissions including full participation in Chicago's CAPS program where he served on the District Advisory Committee as chairperson of the 12th District Court Advocacy Sub-Committee and was also a member of Cook County States Attorney Community Prosecutions Committee. He is a graduate of Chicago’s first FBI Citizens Academy, where he also serves on its Board of Directors.   

Since 1984 he has also been active in both political and community organization consulting as well as in public speaking on campaign politics throughout Illinois, having worked on political campaigns at the local, state, and national level with many different constituencies including veterans – with which he coordinated the first event honoring Veterans at a National Political Convention.  He earned his Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 1991 and is completing his course work for a Master Degree in Political Science from Illinois State University in 1996. In 2002 the City Council of Chicago honored him with the City of Chicago’s Community Builder Award given by Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 1999, the Italo-American National Union Foundation he was awarded the David Award for his involvement in government and in 2001 and 2002 he received citations respectively from the IMD Security Group and the Chicago Police Department for his work in law enforcement and Court Advocacy.  Bernardoni hold a CAR President’s Medallion and a Rhino Award.  He was also nominated for two IREM premier awards for Leadership and for Community Service in 2005.    

He currently is on the Board of Directors and is Vice-President of the Cliff Dwellers, and holds board seats on the Civic Federation, the Little City Foundation, the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group and is also a member of the 36th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.  He also served on the Executive Committee for the Eisenberg Boys and Girls Club, the National Advisory Committee for Prevent Child Abuse, and the Board of the Illinois Medical District Guest House.  

Bernardoni is also a life long Chicago Cub fan who along with his colleague Michael Reischl and the “Way Out of Left Field Society” coordinated efforts to place a historic marker at the location of the West Side Grounds, where the Chicago Cubs played (1885 -1915).  Bernardoni is a member of the Emil Verban Society, the Emil Rothe Chapter of SABR, the Ballparks Committee and the Old Timer’s Baseball Association of Chicago of which he was the 2008 “Old Timer of the Year”.  A “Cubs Care” Wrigley Field tour guide for ten seasons, he has an extensive background in baseball research with an emphasis in ballparks.  His research has been cited in several books including The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball, Haunted Baseball, and the newly published Classic Cubs – A Tribute to the Men and Magic of Wrigley Field and Hoodoo: Unraveling the 100-Year Mystery of the Chicago Cubs.  His own book on Wrigley Field is anticipated in late 2009.   

Brian and his wife Carrie are the parents of three daughters; Genevieve, a fifth grader and a future educator or dolphin trainer (who knows); Cecilia, age 2, a future President of the United States, and Olivia, a budding economist and future Nobel Prize recipient.