As the 2020 BUILD-PAC chairman, Justin MacDonald has his eyes set on the November prize of electing more pro-housing candidates to federal office. And he knows the best way to get there is to increase the number of members involved in BUILD-PAC, NAHB's political action committee.
“It is important for us all to be engaged in the political process … If you don’t stand up for yourself and your interests, nobody else will either,” he said.
MacDonald is a true Texan — born and raised in Austin and currently residing in Kerrville. His grandparents started a small company that primarily built single-family homes in and around Austin in the 1950s. Today the business, MacDonald Companies, has expanded to multifamily development, construction and land development. The company is led by MacDonald and his father, Granger MacDonald, the 2017 chairman of NAHB.
He is also an active member of his local association, the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. MacDonald has officially been a member of NAHB since 2005, but jokingly adds that “just like our business, I was born into the NAHB Federation. I literally attended my first NAHB meetings in my mother’s womb!”
MacDonald’s favorite part about NAHB is the opportunity to shape policy that affects his industry. He also appreciates meeting people from across the country and learning about what issues members have in common, as well as what they do differently.
While the housing industry is expansive and diverse, MacDonald believes it is critical for every member to engage in the political process as government policies affects everyone's work and home life. He recognizes home builders' responsibility as the experts in the industry to educate policymakers on our key issues and how federal policy will impact the industry's future.
With the 2020 elections approaching, MacDonald is focused on continuing the push for pro-housing legislation, and reducing excessive regulations and laws that stifle the growth and success of the industry.
To learn more about BUILD-PAC, visit nahb.org/buildpac.