June 27, 2022—Falls Church, Va.— Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association education, governance, and management, is proud to announce the formation of our 64th chapter. Known officially as CAI Louisiana, the chapter is the state's first and only professional association representing community associations, commonly referred to as homeowners associations (HOAs), condominiums, and housing cooperatives.
Today, there are approximately 158,000 Louisianians living in nearly 2,000 community associations, according to the Foundation for Community Association Research. The CAI Louisiana Chapter will benefit homeowners, community association managers, industry partners, and the local business community through CAI resources, including comprehensive education and credentialing programs. CAI Louisiana will offer members the opportunity to attend educational sessions, an annual conference, and a range of networking and state and federal legislative initiatives.
“The Louisiana Legislature had an unprecedented year for legislation impacting the community association housing model," says Crystal Wallace, CAE, CAI's senior vice president of membership and chapter relations. “More than a handful of bills were introduced directly affecting community associations—ranging from restrictive covenants issues to association lien processes. While there was no established CAI chapter within the state, many CAI members and advocates led efforts to ensure the best public policy possible was adapted for the industry. The work of our members proved invaluable, and we're proud to announce the formation of the CAI Louisiana Chapter-In-Organization."
On June 23, CAI headquarters staff and CAI Louisiana members held their first chapter event, including a legislative update on the incredible efforts of CAI's advocates in 2022; more than 70 industry representatives attended. CAI's advocacy team looks forward to continuing to work with CAI Louisiana members and advancing the best public policy possible for the community association housing model in future legislative sessions.
“CAI has been a valuable resource for my career and education," says Leanne Phillips, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, a community association manager in Louisiana. “I have been a part of the broader CAI family through the Exchange, conferences, workshops, and educational classes, but a state chapter allows me those home networks. As someone who has been in this industry, I'm now opening the door for and am excited about being a mentor to new community managers. I am thrilled to see there are so many Louisianians interested in growing their expertise and knowledge in this industry."
About Community Associations Institute Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the more than 355,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 43,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial.
For members and general inquiries, contact the
CAI Member Service Center:Phone: 703-970-9220
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy RepkePhone: 703-970-9239