Harley Rouda is a successful businessman, philanthropist and attorney, who created the firm Real Living, and now serves on the board of, or as an advisor to, firms in real estate, retail, and a variety of other industries. He’s had diverse and extensive success in companies of all sizes and scopes, ranging from small start-ups to national conglomerates over his career, and in cultures that are well defined or are trying to find their way due to mergers and changing environments.
The youngest of four and the son of a successful real estate entrepreneur, Harley joined his father’s real estate brokerage business soon after law school and helped to nearly triple the company’s revenue by focusing on a unique agent/broker-centric culture that provided extraordinary customer service by embracing and championing new technology, innovative marketing, and an uncommon commitment to professional development and teamwork.
He received an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Capital University Law School.
Active in numerous charities and civic organizations over the years, Harley has been involved in fighting homelessness and domestic violence; active with Human Rights Watch; supporting education for the disadvantaged as well as supporting access to higher education; saving military jobs; and working with civic organizations to drive economic development.
Harley lives in Laguna Beach and is married to the award winning author, Kaira Sturdivant Rouda. They have four kids who constantly amaze them, who are each accomplished in their own ways, and always remind them to enjoy the journey.