The Women’s Property Tax Association was founded in 2015 in Illinois by eight women engaged in property tax appeal and valuation work in Illinois.
It all began when I was attending in-person hearings at the Cook County Board of Review and noticed that there were always a dozen or more men in dark suits lined up on either side of the room arguing their cases. Then there’d also be one or two women. Every time. Back then, the commercial analysts hearing the arguments were – likewise – almost always men. I initially thought that maybe there weren’t many women in property tax work. As the years went by, I realized that wasn’t true. Since then, I have noticed more and more visible women advocates and appraisers and increasing numbers of women on the government side as well.
I got the idea to start a women’s group similar to those I’d seen in bar associations and other sectors of real estate professions. I started talking about the idea with all the women I came across in tax appeal work and the responses were favorable. The initial board is comprised of a group of dynamic women who represent the many different sorts of members that the WPTA hopes to attract.
We will stay true to our mission statement:
The Women’s Property Tax Association is comprised of women professionally engaged in property tax law, valuation, administration, or adjudication. The WPTA promotes the success of its members by encouraging communication, creating networking opportunities, and facilitating educational programs.
We hope you will join us!
Nora Doherty, JD, CIAO
Women’s Property Tax Association