Farrah Wilder is the California Association of REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, and a former Ruth Chance Law Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates (2002-2004).
Farrah leads C.A.R.’s fair housing and inclusion efforts, is an industry strategist, and often writes on these topics for REALTOR® industry publications. She is a sought after panelist, speaker, and podcast guest supporting greater awareness and competency diversity, fair housing and equity in homeownership in the real estate industry.
Farrah supports C.A.R. staff diversity efforts, working with C.A.R. staff’s diversity council to offer input on staff-facing D.E.I. initiatives, working with human resources and senior leadership. Additionally, she leads C.A.R. member-facing diversity and fair housing initiatives, including education and efforts to make sure that REALTORS® reflect the diversity of California and that C.A.R. is inclusive and accessible for all REALTORS®. Additionally, she supports C.A.R. leadership diversity and inclusion in partnership with C.A.R.’s Diversity Committee and Leadership Team. She manages and develops partnerships with multicultural real estate trade organizations and fair housing groups as well as other key stakeholders. Farrah plays a key role in developing C.A.R.’s programs to support homeownership in historically underserved communities. Her work helps heighten awareness, allyship, equity and diversity within the REALTOR® community, the real estate industry and beyond.
Farrah serves on the National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Policy Committee. In 2022, she served on the NAR DEI Culture Workgroup. She is a key member of the California Association of Real Estate Brokers’ (CAREB) 501c3 Committee — a group that leads an effort to develop a charitable organization with a mission to increase Black homeownership and mentor/support Black real estate professionals in California.
Prior to working for C.A.R, Farrah was a Realtor with Compass and founder of a real estate team based in Oakland, California. Farrah served on the Boards of the Oakland and Oakland Berkeley Association of REALTORS® from 2014 through 2017 and was 2018 Chair of C.A.R.’s Federal Committee. She was a founding member of the Bridge Association of REALTORS® Housing Committee, a group that has advised on home buyer assistance programs, lobbied local government officials to prioritize down payment assistance programs and the needs of small housing providers in their budget and policy directives, and created a successful closing cost grant for first time home buyers.
Farrah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As an attorney, she worked for Equal Rights Advocates and the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Farrah was ERA’s Ruth Chance Law Fellow 2002-2004. Over the past 20 years, she has been a supportive member of ERA’s extended family. In 2017, she served on an ERA fundraising committee led by Marci Rubin. The committee hosted a hugely successful event, more than doubling the amount raised the previous year.