Elections to the SPIRE Board of Directors

In March 2017, for the first time, SPIRE is holding elections for members of the SPIRE Board of Directors. The SPIRE Board of Directors has considered all nominations and will forward a slate of nominees for consideration by all SPIRE members later this month. New board members will be announced at the end of the month. The new members will serve a term beginning April 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2019.

While the nominations window for the March 2017 election is closed, SPIRE members are welcome to submit nominations at ay point in time as there will be another election in 2017 and then every year thereafter.

The SPIRE Board of Directors invites nominations for Board consideration. In considering nominations, the Board will take into account a myriad of personal attributes of the nominee to include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. The likelihood the candidate will add to the gender, geographic, ethnic, age and racial diversity of the board as a whole.
  2. The potential for the prospect to increase the range of real estate function diversity on the board.
  3. Contacts which can further one or more of the three pillars of SPIRE, particularly university relations in the broadest sense.
  4. Fundraising contacts and a willingness to use them to increase financial sponsorship in support of SPIRE programs.
  5. Depth of the prospect’s commitment to Stanford and a demonstrated commitment to SPIRE.

You may find information about the current members of the board below.

Please contact Elizabeth Lambird Youngblood with questions or for more information.


Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird ('91) - Executive Director

Elizabeth drives the day-to-day operations of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE), a global association of Stanford alumni and students involved in the real estate industry. She directs the activities of the Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC) and the planning and execution of the annual SREC Conference on the Stanford campus. Elizabeth delivers high-quality event programming and networking opportunities for the SREC and SPIRE membership, as well as for current Stanford students interested in mentorship and the real estate profession.

Sydnee Brooks - Program Manager

Sydnee Brooks designs and executes events for SPIRE's members and for Stanford students. She works with volunteer alumni in each of SPIRE's key geographic regions to identify and execute alumni events with a focus on encouraging active participation and ongoing engagement with SPIRE. Sydnee most recently worked as a Real Estate Asset Manager in the Faculty Staff Housing Department, a division of the Office of the Provost at Stanford University.

Jennifer Heafey - Special Projects Consultant

Jennifer Heafey assists SPIRE with a host of special projects on a consulting basis. She spent three years with SPIRE as Manager of Alumni Events and Programming for SPIRE, overseeing major and regional events, programming and content. Prior to joining SPIRE, Jennifer worked as an independent consultant advising real estate funds and institutional investors. She spent over a decade at Kenneth Leventhal & Company and Ernst & Young in various leadership positions in their Real Estate Advisory Services Practice in the US and Asia.

Anthony Sanchez ('07) - Member Services Coordinator

Anthony comes to SPIRE with a unique background spanning politics, technology, and butchery. As the first person in his family to attend college, Anthony graduated Stanford University with Chicano/Latino Community Highest Honors in 2007 after studying Communication and Creative Writing. After spending a year in Sacramento in the prestigious Capitol Fellows Program under then Senator S. Joseph Simitian, Anthony landed in Berkeley politics, working under now Mayor Jesse Arreguin on a host of issues, including local land use.

Board of Directors

Patrick Tooley (MBA '98) - Chairman

(“TI”), a firm focused on the acquisition, development, and long term ownership of strategic real estate in Southern California’s coastal urban markets. TI’s portfolio exceeds $150mm of assets owned. Prior to founding TI, Patrick was a Senior Vice President at Wilson Meany where he was responsible for investment and commercial development activities in Southern California. His experience includes advisory work for CalPERS and other pension investment funds. Patrick is a Board Member of SPIRE, a member of the SREC and a past Board Member of the Westside Urban Forum.

David Butler ('96) - President and Board Member

David is a Managing Partner at Argosy Real Estate Partners, a real estate opportunity fund manager with approximately $325 million of equity funds under management. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and has general management responsibilities for the firm's investment strategy, asset management, operations, and fundraising. Previously, he was Vice President and head of the San Francisco office for the real estate investment group of J.P. Morgan Investment Management.

Fred Allen ('61) - Board Member

Fred is one of the premier real estate and finance attorneys in America. He is a Founder and the Senior Partner of Allen Matkins, a full-service business and litigation law firm with 225 attorneys in five offices in California. For 40 years, he has been counsel to many of the nation’s most prominent development and investment companies in connection with hundreds of successful major projects in California, Hawaii, throughout the country, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Michael Armstrong (MBA '09) - Board Member

Mike Armstrong is a Director in the GI Partners real estate group. He is responsible for co-heading the group’s technology real estate acquisitions effort. Mike is a member of the TechCore and DataCore Investment Committee.

Dan Broderick ('98) - Board Member

Dan Broderick is an executive in the commercial real estate industry with an impressive transactional track recordin excess of $8 billion from 60 transactions across four markets and four product types.

Anthony Clarke ('12, MS '12) - Board Member

Mr. Clarke is a vice president and commercial real estate portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2014, he focused on real estate acquisitions throughout the United States at Walton Street Capital. He has five years of investment experience and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in civil engineering from Stanford University.

Travis Duncan (MS '15, MBA '17) - Board Member

Travis is currently pursuing his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business after receiving his MS from Stanford’s Sustainable Design and Construction program within the Civil Engineering Department. He previously worked in the estimating department of Rudolph and Sletten, a mid-size general contractor with offices throughout California. He graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University and was a graduate of the University’s Honors Program. Travis holds an E.I.T. certification and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.

Scott Eschelman ('89) - Board Member

Scott Eschelman is a Partner at BUILD, a San Francisco residential development firm.

Raymond E. Flores Jr. (’86) – Board Member

Mr. Flores is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Calzada Capital Partners, a $7.5 billion private equity real estate firm with investments in the United States, Australia, French Polynesia, Mexico and Chile.  Prior to Calzada, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Properties of the Americas, the largest privately held industrial real estate company in Mexico.  Mr. Flores received a BA degree from Stanford University, a JD from the UCLA School of Law and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Tiffany Griego ('98, MBA '04) - Board Member

Tiffany Griego is Managing Director of Asset Management for Stanford Research Park.  She leads strategic planning, real estate development and asset management of Stanford University’s preeminent income-producing real estate asset, the Stanford Research Park, a 700-acre $7 billion submarket comprised of approximately 10 million square feet of commercial space.  During her tenure, Ms. Griego has produced more than a half billion dollars in income for Stanford University.  Ms. Griego was previously Vice President at IHP Capital Partners.

Chad Hagle ('98) - Co-Founder, Board Member

Mr. Hagle is a third-generation commercial developer with life-long experience. He is a Founding Board Member and the former President of SPIRE, and he is CEO of Aventine Development. Mr. Hagle has developed retail projects across the country. He graduated from Stanford with degrees in Economics and Biology. Prior to co-founding his first real estate venture with his former Stanford roommate Damon Dunn, Mr. Hagle worked as Chief Operating Officer of GetFit Technologies, a Silicon Valley start-up, and as a Venture Capital Associate with Windmere Venture Partners. Mr.

David L. Knowles ('77, MBA '79) - Board Member

David Knowles is a Managing Director with Stanfield Partners, a division of Chessiecap Securities, providing investment banking services to real estate technology and institutional real estate owners. David was previously Senior Vice President at Raymond James focusing on C-level officers and directors of public and private real estate companies. Previously, David was with The Marcus & Millichap Company as Director of Financial Strategy where he was responsible for capital markets and strategic development activities.

Kyle Ladewig ('08) - Board Member

Kyle is the former Head of Product Strategy & Marketing for Ten-X Commercial, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace with over $40 billion sold. Prior to Ten-X, he founded Tech & Timber Consulting to help early-stage real estate technology companies develop sound strategies and build better products. Kyle began his career as an investment sales broker with Cornish & Carey Commercial in San Francisco, which later merged with Newmark Knight Frank.

Hanns Lee ('91) - Board Member

Hanns Lee has 18 years of experience in developing Class-A office buildings, office campuses and office-anchored mixed-use projects throughout Northern California.  Most recently, he served as the Irvine Company's top development executive for the office division's northern California region and continues to work with Irvine on strategic acquisitions and initiatives.  Mr.

Stephen E. Roulac (PhD '78) - Board Member

Mr. Roulac has a long and distinguished career in real estate, consulting, business management, economic policy and management, public speaking, teaching, and writing. He is currently the CEO of the Roulac Global, a strategy and financial economics consulting firm that advises senior management and investors concerning complex real estate transactions. With CPA, CMC, AICP certifications, Mr.

Carol S. Wyant ('61) - Board Member

The Pathfinder Consulting corporate focus is urban and architectural design and historic preservation. President Wyant draws on her experience in commercial mixed-use development during the 80s, and leadership of a statewide historic preservation organization followed by inauguration of a new program for a national preservation organization in the 90’s. Early into the 21st century Wyant co-founded and directed the Form-Based Codes Institute. An alternative to zoning, Form-Based Codes are the implementation tool for walkable, mixed-use urban design.

Andy Walburger - (’98) - Co-Founder, Board Member

Andy served as Executive Director of SPIRE for more than four years and transitioned back to the real estate private sector in early 2016. He is now working with TenX, formerly known as Auction.com. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children at home in Newport Beach, California.

Sam Freshman ('54, JD '56) - Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Freshman is Board Chairman of Standard Management Company which performs real estate acquisitions, bridge finance, and property management. Active in real estate investment for 60 years as an attorney and investor. He has been an expert witness in real estate, legal matters, finance, lecturer at the Stanford Law and Business Schools, chairman of a bank, title company, and a theatre exhibitor. Author of books and over 20 published articles, Mr.

Patrick Orosco ('98) – Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus

Patrick is co-founder of SPIRE and Vice President of its Board of Directors. Patrick is a Partner at The Orosco Group, a second generation real estate development firm that targets value-add acquisitions and retail developments throughout California. Through relationships built within SPIRE, Patrick and his brother Chris (Stanford ’00), now joint venture many of their projects with Chad Hagle’s Aventine Development Corporation.

Board of Governors

Jim Buie (MBA '80)

Jim Buie is the CEO of the West & Asia Pacific Regions for Hines. He is a member the Hines Executive and Steering Committees. Since joining Hines in 1980, Mr. Buie has been responsible for the development, acquisition, and/or management of more than 70 million square feet of commercial real estate in 30 cities representing over $20 billion in value. Highlights of his career with Hines include the development of 101 California and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Figueroa at Wilshire in Los Angeles, Embassy House in Beijing and One Museum Place in Shanghai. Mr.

Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84)

Hotel guru. Armchair psychologist. Traveling philosopher. Author. Speaker. Teacher. Student. Chip Conley has lived out more than one calling in his lifetime. No one has led the development, creation, and management of more boutique hotels than Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre (JDV). At age 26, Chip’s mission was to “create joy” by building a company that USA Today called “the most delightfully schizophrenic collection of hotels in America.” During his nearly 24 years as CEO, JDV grew to become the second largest boutique hotel company in America.

Damon Dunn ('98)

Mr. Dunn is a former Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He accepted his position at Hoover after winning the Republican nomination for Secretary of State of California in 2010. Mr. Dunn has extensive experience as a developer of commercial real estate, including retail projects in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and North Carolina.  Mr. Dunn graduated with a degree in Public Policy.

David Gottfried ('82)

David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement: founding the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils (with GBCs in 100 countries). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world.

David T. Hamamoto ('81)

Mr. Hamamoto is the Executive Vice Chairman of Colony NorthStar, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer of NSAM from January 2014 until the merger with Colony Capital and NorthStar Ralty Finance Corp in 2016. He served previously as Chief Executive Officer of NRF from October 2004. NSAM was a publicly traded leading global asset management firm focused on strategically managing real estate investment platforms in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to NorthStar, Mr. Hamamoto was a partner and co-head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr.

Mark Kroll (MS '75)

Mr. Kroll is co-founder and Managing Director of Sares Regis Group of Northern California, LLC, and Regis Homes Bay Area, LLC. Combined with its affiliate Sares Regis Group, headquartered in Irvine, California, the firm has a portfolio of real estate properties and fee-based management contracts valued in excess of $4 billion, including 16,000 rental apartments and 15 million square feet of commercial and industrial space. Together with Rob Wagner, Mark is responsible for the executive management of all operating divisions in Northern California.

Robert Lowe (MBA '64)

Bob Lowe is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lowe Enterprises, a privately owned diversified national real estate company active in commercial, hospitality and residential property investment, development and management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm maintains regional offices in Denver, San Diego, Irvine, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Over the past 42 years, Lowe Enterprises has developed, acquired or managed more than $21 billion of real estate assets.

Phil Mahoney ('81)

Newmark Cornish & Carey Executive Vice President Phil Mahoney is one of the most successful commercial real estate brokers in Northern California. He brings to his clients a unique understanding, perspective and awareness of the successful technology markets serving both the Boston Area and Silicon Valley. In 1992, Mr. Mahoney was appointed senior vice president and manager of Newmark Cornish & Carey's Santa Clara office. He left his managerial post in the fall of 1995 to become a partner and director. He currently helps lead its Corporate and Institutional Services Group. Mr.

Michael Matkins ('67)

Michael Matkins ('67) is a founding partner of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP and one of the country's leading lawyers in real estate development and finance.  For more than 30 years, he has advised institutional investors, lenders, property owners, and developers in all aspects of purchase, sale, financing, leasing, and construction of properties ranging from office and retail to recreational and mixed-use projects.  Michael has been involved in numerous multi-hundred-million-dollar real property asset portfolio acquisitions.  He has also represented ins

Bowen H. "Buzz" McCoy ('58)

Buzz McCoy was a General Partner of Morgan Stanley where he developed and ran the commercial real estate finance unit for many years. In 2000 he was named a “20th Century Icon” in commercial real estate by National Real Estate Investor for his work integrating commercial real estate finance into the capital market system. He has served as Executive-in-Residence at both the Stanford and Notre Dame Graduate Schools of Business; and as Adjunct Professor, Pacific School of Religion, UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Graduate Real Estate Program at USC.

Susan Meaney ('82)

Susan Meaney is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management where she is responsible for overseeing Makena’s Real Assets investments, including Real Estate and Natural Resources. She is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Dan Rosenfeld ('75)

Dan Rosenfeld ('75) is President of the George Crenshaw Development Company. Previously he was Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas focusing on economic development, land use, sustainability and transportation issues.  Mr. Rosenfeld has alternated in his career between public and private-sector service, working previously as Director of Real Estate for the State of California and City of Los Angeles.  In the private-sector, Mr.

Ron D. Sturzenegger ('82)

Sturzenegger is responsible for the bank’s efforts to provide solutions to customers in need of mortgage assistance; mortgage servicing portfolio strategy; the homes donation program; and the resolution of residential mortgage representation and warranties repurchase claims.

Regional Leaders

Northern California

  • Scott Eschelman ('89) – Build
  • Carlos Valdivia ('96, MBA '03) – Carbon Lighthouse
  • Desiree Stahley ('07, MA '07) – Lincoln Property Company

Southern California

  • Anthony Clarke ('12) – PIMCO
  • Amy Glad ('79) - RDP High-Speed Rail Project


  • Shallene Cua Gross ('06, MBA '10) – Equity Group Investments
  • William Griffiths ('04) – Equity Group Investments
  • Christian Lane ('93) – First American Title

New York City

  • Peter Ciganik ('07) – GTIS Partners
  • Emily Jones ('11) – CBRE

Washington D.C.

  • Melanie Domres ('86) – Cafritz Interests LLC
  • Cary Kadlecek ('99) – Goulston & Storrs
  • Philip Porter ('91) – Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.


Founder's Circle

SPIRE wishes to recognize and express sincere gratitude to those individuals who make up the SPIRE Founder’s Circle. As a non-profit organization, SPIRE is supported by dues and by contributions from its members. 

Current members of the SPIRE Founder’s Circle are listed below:

  • Brian Avery
  • Loryn Arkow
  • Mike Biggar
  • Gregory Blaine
  • H. Terrence Blaine
  • Marge Blaine  
  • Susan Booth
  • Dan Broderick
  • James Buie
  • David Butler
  • Mark Cho
  • Louis S. Cohen  
  • Marty Clevenger 
  • Damon Dunn
  • Samuel Freshman
  • Theodore Gildred 
  • Amy Glad
  • Priyanka Goel 
  • Julie Gutzwiller
  • Chad Hagle
  • Andrew Hartzell
  • Soroush Kaboli
  • Herman Kelting
  • Bruce Kirsch
  • Manish Kumar
  • David Knowles
  • Rebecca Lee
  • Huiping Liao 
  • Jonathan Liscke 
  • Mike Lowe
  • Robert Lowe
  • Robert Lowe Jr.
  • Philip A. Mahoney
  • Gary McKitterick
  • Donald Nanney  
  • Chris Orosco
  • Patrick Orosco 
  • Matt Pear
  • Philip Porter
  • Stephen Roulac
  • Desiree Stahley 
  • Lydia Tan
  • Natalie Vania-Gandhi
  • Carol Wyant

SPIRE would not be able to execute its mission without its staff members, regional leader volunteers, and fourteen board of directors who govern SPIRE's activities.