The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD) is the voice of the apartment industry in the Greater Dallas area and monitors all proposed ordinances and legislation at the local, state, and federal level that affects, directly or indirectly, the multifamily housing industry within the jurisdiction of the Association.
AAGD serves as the local liaison for the legislative programs conducted by the Texas Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association, as well as maintaining its own Political Action Committee which contributes to local, county, state, and federal level candidates that represent and advocate for the apartment industry.
Learn about our Government Affairs team and their advocacy efforts.
Together these Team members
MONITOR & ANALYZE
legislation and regulation at the local, state and federal levels.
REPRESENT THE INDUSTRY
at community events and public meetings.
BUILD & MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS
with elected officials.
PROTECT our industry & INFLUENCE public policy
Amplify Our Collective Voice
Invest in the AAGD PAC
Together, our dollars can do more. 100% of AAGD PAC contributions support our endorsed political candidates. Further your investment in our advocacy efforts by contributing to the AAGD PAC.
Meet Our AAGD Staff
We here at AAGD are happy to assist you with any legislative questions or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to reach out to us.
Jason Simon, J.D. - Director of Government Affairs
Jason earned a B.S. in Political Science and English from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and he earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While attending college, Jason worked as a staffer for Congressman Dick Armey and U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. After graduating from law school, Jason served as the campaign manager for Congressman Kenny Marchant, then joined Congressman Marchant’s district office staff and worked there for five years, handling communications, political affairs, and constituent services.
Jason later joined the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, where he was the Director of Legislative Advocacy and Media for the fourth largest chamber of commerce in North Texas. At the Irving Chamber, Jason led the chamber’s legislative advocacy program and media relations, representing the North Texas business community and working with elected officials at all levels of government to promote pro-business public policy. Prior to joining AAGD, Jason worked for Hill and Knowlton Strategies – a global public relations company – where he supported the governmental affairs team and corporate communications team at Oncor Electric Delivery in Dallas.
Raphaella Silva - Government Affairs Manager
Raphaella Silva is the Government Affairs Manager for AAGD. Raphaella joined AAGD in 2018. Prior to AAGD, Raphaella served as Principal at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dallas and held progressively senior roles with the company – specializing in corporate government affairs, strategic communications and legislative support, and management of one of the largest PACs in North Texas. Raphaella earned a B.S. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.