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Over 85 Years of Standardizing the Real Estate Appraisal Process

It’s Official – We’ve Merged!

Effective January 1, 2022, the Northern California Chapter and the Sacramento Sierra Chapters merged to form the Northern California Chapter.

“The merger means Sac Sierra joins one of the largest and influential chapters in the country. I’m excited to continue working with Steve Salmon, 2022 Chapter President, and I know our members will benefit from his leadership, as well as the organization and offerings of the Norcal chapter as a whole.”

Jarrod Hodgson, MAI, AI-GRS
2022 Northern California Chapter Vice President

On May 5, 2021, the National Board of Directors for the Appraisal Institute unanimously approved our application to merge the Northern California and the Sacramento Sierra Chapters into one chapter covering all of Northern California.

Our 2022 elected Executive Officers and Board of Directors per the Merger Plan include:

Executive Officers

Steve Salmon, MAI – President

Jarrod Hodgson, MAI, AI-GRS – Vice President

Zane Stone, MAI – Treasurer

Paul Chandler, MAI – Secretary

Jeanine Kraus, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
– Immediate Past President


West Sacramento


Pleasant Hill


Board of Directors
Years refer to Director term expiration

Nick Cadigan, MAI (2022)

Art Troy, AI-GRS (2022)

Fasa Uwhuba, MAI, SRA (2022)

Ryan Whitelaw, MAI (2023)

Brian Nicholson, SRA (2023)

Michelle van de Pol, MAI, SRA (2023)

Robert James, Jr. MAI, SRA, AI-GRS (2024)

Judson Cline, MAI, SRA (2024)

Ryan Frings, MAI, AI-GRS (2024)

Santa Rosa

Walnut Creek




San Francisco




Branch Chapter Chairs

Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA – Silicon Valley

Kelly Stevens, SRA – Central California

Mattew Gayda – North Bay

Angela Hernandez – Sacramento

James A. Cogdill, SRA – Central California

Scott Dugas, MAI – East Bay

Matt Roby – Golden Gate

Tim Edwards – Monterey Bay

San Jose


Santa Rosa



Walnut Creek

San Francisco


National: 1930’s beginnings – 21st Century Relevance

The Appraisal Institute was established when the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (AIREA) and the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (Society) unified in January 1991. AIREA and the Society, founded in 1932 and 1935, respectively, were created to help standardize the appraisal process by promoting professional education and upholding high ethical standards.  Their merger created the nation’s largest professional organization of real estate appraisers with more than 85 years of history.

Local: Successfully Adapting to a Changing World

At the time of the national merger, there were multiple local AIREA and Society chapters located throughout California.  All individual chapters were renamed as Appraisal Institute Chapters but they generally continued operating independently until 1999.

That year began with the merger of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Monterey Bay, and Sierra Chapters to create the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute,  which retained the former AIREA Chapter Office located in the San Francisco financial district.

Later in 1999, the Central California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute voted to merge with the Northern California  Chapter effective January 1, 2000.  That merger created one of the largest Appraisal Institute chapters in the nation and left the Sacramento Sierra Chapter as the only other chapter serving northern and central California.

After two more decades of operating independently, the Sacramento Sierra Chapter and Northern California Chapter voted in March of 2021 to merge as the Northern California Chapter effective January 1, 2022.  Our newly merged chapter has over 600 members located throughout 48 of California’s 58 counties.

With every merger, our chapter has benefitted from a synergy that leverages our ability to serve the appraisal profession.  The Northern California Chapter is nationally recognized as one of Appraisal Institute’s finest.  As you browse this site, you will find that we pack more relevant workshops, seminars, courses and conferences, and direct member services into each year than any other local chapter.  We are truly proud of our legacy and dedicated to a constant focus on the highest level of service.

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