Empowering the Stanford Community
to Innovate
in real estate, placemaking + the built environment

Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) is where alumni, students,
and educators come to meet.
We inspire, support, and challenge each other to move the industry forward.

Connecting + Serving:

We create, develop, and invest in the spaces that envelop our lives.
Through SPIRE we come together, to do it better.

We are an official alumni club of Stanford University, offering a platform for:

  • Professional development + networking

  • Showcasing industry leaders +
    ground-breaking ideas

  • Mentoring + mentorship opportunities

  • Research on trends + best practices

  • A foot in the door for students + recent grads

  • Access to top talent for industry leaders

The Latest from SPIRE


Intercollegiate Alumni Mixer with Cal and USC!

Jun 22, 2023 4:00PM—7:00PM

99 S Almaden Blvd Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95113

2023 SREC Conference (SREC Members Only)

Nov 15, 2023—Nov 18, 2023


Mar 15 2022

SPIRE Newsletter
Wishing You a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season! Dear SPIRE Community, It has been another eventful year as we increase our in-person alumni ...


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Bold Beginnings + Going Strong

In 2008, a small group of Stanford alums identified an opportunity at their 10-year class reunion.

With burgeoning real estate careers, Chad Hagle ('98) and several classmates recognized there was no uniquely Stanford mechanism empowering them to inspire, support, and challenge each other to move their careers and industry forward. In 2009, they founded SPIRE to do just that.

SPIRE quickly grew to become Stanford's largest alumni association, expanding its mission to welcome those with careers in placemaking and the larger built environment. We extended our reach with regional and online events, and added engaging and exciting programs, including the student mentorship and grant initiatives.

SPIRE was built on a sturdy foundation. More than a decade in, we're going strong. And we have big plans to do more of what we do best: create + deepen connections, promote innovation, and increase impact.

"We came up with the Stanford definition of real estate, which is a very inclusive-encompassing everything from law to sustainability and the environment, to planning-allowing us to tap into these different areas at Stanford."

-Chad Hagle, ('98) SPIRE Founder, Emeritus Board Member + SREC Member

"The three pillars, which the founders created in the first week of SPIRE's existence, are still the same three pillars we have today. They are, supporting: alumni in their professional development and networking, students interested in the industry, and real estate education at Stanford."

-Shallene Cua Gross, ('06, MBA '10) SPIRE Board Member + SREC Member

"Chad told me about his dream…an alumni club that would be a wonderful place for Stanford alumni who were involved in the real estate industry to interact with each other and with the university. What I didn't expect, was how popular and successful it would be. If you asked me how I would want SPIRE to evolve in the years to come, I would say, 'Do more of the same.'"

Howard Wolf ('80) Vice President for Alumni Affairs, Stanford University + President of the Stanford Alumni Association


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