Want to know where leasehold depreciation, ADA legislation and other key BOMA issues stand?  Join BOMA's Advocacy Team for this free webinar featuring briefings on all of BOMA's legislative and regulatory issues.  In the past, BOMA's Advocacy staff updated members during the Government Affairs Committee at the annual Winter Business Meeting. This year, Advocacy is shaking things up and using that in-person time for planning our advocacy strategy and brainstorming new and emerging issues.   

This is your chance to get caught up on key legislation and issues important to BOMA members and see what staff is doing to make our collective voice heard on Capitol Hill and in the agencies. 

Seminar Objectives
  • Understand the political climate at the beginning of 2016 (114th Congress) and how this impacts BOMA's advocacy program.
  • Learn about the legislative and regulatory concerns that BOMA staff is actively working to impact.
  • Get up to speed on all the issues - this update will NOT be repeated at the upcoming Winter Business Meeting.
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
January 21, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
Registration Fee:
BOMA Advocacy Briefing 2016

Karen Penafiel, Vice President of Advocacy, Codes & Standards, BOMA International

Karen Penafiel joined the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International in December, 1989 and serves as vice president of the advocacy, codes and standards division of the association. In this capacity, Karen leads BOMA’s federal and state advocacy programs and oversees BOMA’s model building codes and voluntary standards efforts. As the association’s chief lobbyist, she works with Congress and the federal agencies on a wide range of issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. 

Karen has taken the lead on energy and sustainability issues for BOMA for the past decade and is the author of BOMA International’s two guidance documents on electricity deregulation. She is currently leading the association’s market transformation efforts and helped develop BOMA’s green lease guides. 

Karen is a graduate of Hamilton College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. She lives in Centreville, Virginia with her three children. 


Steve Orlowski, Director, Codes & Standards, BOMA International

Steve Orlowski recently joined BOMA International as Director, Codes and Standards. He serves as the organization’s "point person" on issues related to building codes, industry standards, and best practices guidelines.

Prior to joining BOMA, Steve was a Director of Codes and Standards with the National Association of Home Builders where he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to resolve key issues that impacted the home building industry. He established working relationships and reciprocal lines of communication between NAHB and other national associations, regulatory agencies and standard developing organizations. Steve has served on several technical committees with the National Fire Protection Association, the International Code Council and ASTM. Prior to joining the home builders, Steve served as a code official with the City of Rockville, performing commercial and residential plan review and field inspection.

BOMA, the Building Owners and Managers Association International, represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.


Dylan Isenberg, Manager, Advocacy, BOMA International

Dylan Isenberg became BOMA International’s Manager of Advocacy in March 2015. Dylan comes to BOMA from Capitol Hill, where he served as Special Assistant to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Previously, Dylan managed a State Representative campaign in Lake County, Indiana and interned for Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). Dylan is a 2012 graduate of Hamilton College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

Individual topic purchase: Selected
BOMI International
Continuing Professional Development Credit: 1.00
CMCP: 1.00
BOMA Member Price:$0.00
Non-Member Price:$0.00