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Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council (SREC)

Emerging Leaders (EL)

Our SREC EL Members are the future.

Emerging leaders in the industry, they come together with their like-minded peers and fellow alums to accelerate their careers. They network, learn together, exchange ideas, and build year-round and lifetime connections.

Found in all aspects of real estate and the built environment, their ideas and actions are changing the industry.

Interested in becoming an SREC EL member? Inquire Here.

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  • Preferred Name: Laura

    Last Name: Fingal-Surma

    Degree String (Type, Year): (BA'06)

    Job Title: Founding Partner

    Company Name: Urbanist Ventures

    Bio: I built the machine powering YIMBY chapters across the United States, and now I’m building a machine to grow and support urbanist startups. Urbanist Ventures is for investors, founders, activists, and everyone in between. YIMBY is short for Yes In My Back Yard, a now popular political movement fighting to increase the supply of housing and dense, vibrant, walkable communities. “I … think of the YIMBYs as one of the much more consequential policy movements I’ve seen emerge” — Ezra Klein, The New York Times Learn more and subscribe for updates →