Dear SPIRE Community,

We hope your 2024 is off to a great start. I wanted to touch on a few SPIRE highlights from the latter half of 2023. The Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Banquet in November honored Stanford alums and industry luminaries Brad Geier and Ken Woolley. And, thanks to their incredible generosity and that of their families, friends, and colleagues, SPIRE raised $420,000 for the Stanford Student Impact Fund (SSIF), which now has a fund balance of $600,000, more than halfway to SPIRE's $1 million fundraising goal! And a special, warm thanks to Malin Burnham who surprised us with his very generous gift as the evening wound down.

Also in November, SPIRE's new membership cohort - SREC EL (Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council Emerging Leaders) - met on campus for its first time for three days of networking, professional development, and fun. There were several joint sessions with the SREC and SREC EL, including the keynote by Stanford alum and industry leader Hamid Moghadam and Howard Wolf's View from the Top (of Stanford). Based on the noise level in McCaw Hall, the two SREC groups were making the most of their networking time at Thursday's lunch.

And last, but not least, we want to thank SPIRE's departing Board Members - Loryn Arkow, Gary Beasley, Wayne Brandt and Travis Duncan - for their vision, passion, leadership and service. Thankfully, we'll remain in touch through SPIRE and Stanford!

SPIRE is off to a fast start in 2024 with the announcement that the student application for the Stanford Student Impact Fund is available. In 2023, SPIRE funded nine SSIF student grants totaling $51,000, ranging from an internship stipend for a NYC research project to early venture funding for various platforms using AI for the real estate / built environment industries.

More information is below so please continue reading. As always, the SPIRE Board and Staff thank you for your engagement and support!

Lauren Barley '82
SPIRE Executive Director

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Calling All Alums!
Engage, Network and Learn

SPIRE hosts online and in-person (NorCal, SoCal, the Pacific Northwest, DC, Chicago, Texas and NYC) events for its members. If you have a suggestion for an event, please contact us HERE

SPIRE is always looking for engaged, proactive community members to assist with our regional efforts. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a regional leader, please contact us
Upcoming Events
Webinar: Updates in Affordable Housing Financing
Friday, March 8 at 8am PT

Hear from developers and policy influencers on what is working, what is not, and what is on the horizon. Join panelists Egbert Perry, Jair Lynch ('94) and Regina Celestin Williams ('05) for their insights and observations. 
SREC Spring Retreat (SREC Members Only):
Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3

Fellow SREC members Patricio Gutierrez Tommasi (MS '99) and Ray Flores ('86) are designing a once-in-a-lifetime immersive trip to Mexico City, featuring real estate and cultural programming, site visits of iconic properties, and some of the best local cuisine Mexico City has to offer! Partners and spouses are welcome.
Past Events (6 Months)
SREC EL Webinar: HIgher-for-Longer Interest Rates
Tuesday, January 9 at 8am PT

Moderator Ron Sturzenegger (’82) joined fellow SREC members Amy Johannes (MBA ’06)Dan Neidich (MBA ’74), and Ralph Rosenberg (MBA ’90) for a candid conversation on capital markets.

2023 SREC Conference: 
Wednesday, November 15 - Saturday, November 18

The SREC members gathered on campus for another successful conference filled with networking and the latest in real estate, and featuring SREC member Hamid Moghadam (MBA '80) as keynote!
2023 SREC EL Conference: 
Wednesday, November 15 - Saturday, November 18

With 55+ SREC Emerging Leaders on campus, the inaugural SREC EL Conference was a mixture of networking, professional development, and fun. A few highlights were the joint SREC and SREC EL events: Hamid's keynote, Howard Wolf's ('80) View from the Top, and Thursday's lunch.  
2023 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame: 
Thursday, November 16

Honoring industry icons Brad Geier ('79) and Ken Woolley (MBA '71, PhD '71), the 2023 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Banquet was a resounding success with a sold-out crowd of over 280 guests at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club!
Private Tour of St. Regis Chicago:
Thursday, October 5

A 101-story, mixed-use supertall skyscraper, The St. Regis Chicago offers luxury living with 393 condominiums and a 192-key, 5-star hotel. Chicago-based and family-owned Magellan Development Group worked with Chicago-based Studio Gang, founded and led by architect Jeanne Gang, to build Chicago's latest landmark.
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2023 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame
A tremendous thanks to the generous sponsors and supporters of the 2023 Hall of Fame, celebrating the inductions of SREC member Brad Geier ('79) and SREC and SPIRE board member Ken Woolley (MBA '71, PhD '71)! Because of the support they generated, SPIRE raised $420,000 for the Stanford Student Impact Fund (SSIF). And, it appeared a good time was had by all!
Job Opportunities: Are You Hiring or Hunting?
Is your company hiring? If so, feel free to email us HERE with any available job or internship opportunity. SPIRE will post the opportunity on its job board and (if relevant) pass the details along to the five real estate/built environment student clubs (GSB Real Estate Club, Stanford Real Estate Club, Leaders of the Built Environment, Proptech, and Future of Cities).

And if you're a SPIRE or SREC member or a company looking to hire, be sure to request the Winter 2024 SPIRE Resume Book 
HERE, which contains 60+ resumes of accomplished students with an interest in real estate or the built environment. Interested in becoming a member to request one? If so, please join HERE

Looking for work? Be sure to check out SPIRE's members-only job board, currently featuring job and internship openings located all over the world! Current SPIRE members can view the Job & Internship board HERE.
Calling All Students!
Are you a current student looking for an internship? A new Stanford grad? Just interested in learning more about real estate and the built environment? SPIRE would love to be a resource as you explore, learn and search for opportunities. We'll do our best to connect you with talented industry professionals and leaders in the SPIRE Community. Contact us HERE
Stanford Student Impact Fund (SSIF)
The Stanford Student Impact Fund by SPIRE (Stanford Professionals in Real Estate) supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an interest in real estate or the broader built environment, all with an eye towards driving innovation and building a larger and more diverse talent pool in the industry. Apply now for a grant to help fund your research, new venture, non-profit internship, or industry training. 

How do I apply?
The grant application for the Stanford Student Impact Fund can be found 

When is the grant application due?
The Winter 2024 application deadline is February 23, 2024, although applications may be reviewed earlier. 

Is there a maximum grant amount?
Grants are need-based up to a maximum of $10,000. 

More details and information can be found 
You may have already received this from one of the clubs on campus, but please reach out to 
Arezo Binai with additional questions. 

A huge thank you to Melinda Ellis Evers (MBA '93) and Ron Sturzenegger ('82) for their outstanding fundraising efforts and for spearheading this initiative. 
Grant Application

Merritt Community Capital is currently accepting applicants for its 2024 Merritt Scholars Program!

Merritt Scholars is a scholarship program to attract young professionals into the affordable housing field. It provides graduate and undergraduate students:
 a $10,000 scholarship; training, mentorship, and networking opportunities; fully paid attendance at local and statewide industry conferences; and job placement assistance.

Visit the
Merritt Scholars web page or email for more information

RE/BE Student Clubs and Student Leaders
SPIRE thanks the Stanford RE/BE student clubs for providing students a vast array of opportunities to engage, network, and learn about real estate and the built environment. Thanks to their efforts, many go on to successful and productive careers in the industry and become SPIRE members. We so enjoy working alongside these leaders.

GSB Real Estate Club

The GSB Real Estate Club is a forum for graduate business students in the MBA and MSx programs interested in real estate, proptech, and sustainability. The student-run club organizes guest speaker events, student networking, employer information sessions, and site tours.

Club Leaders: Daniel HershDaniel Huf, Sarah Hughes, Zachary Levine, Eric Persky and Alexander Thompson

Leaders in the Built Environment

A student association that focuses on every aspect of the built environment – from Real Estate development and construction to sustainability and social impact. Our goal is to build a community within the Sustainable Design and Construction program, expose students to industry leaders, host fundraising and philanthropy events, and provide opportunities for academic and professional development with a positive impact in the community.

Club Leaders: Uli Degirmenci and Alonso Vargas

Stanford Real Estate Club

Stanford does not have a path for undergraduates to explore the vast world of real estate. With Stanford Real Estate Club, our goal is to provide students with an environment to learn and network with like-minded students. We believe this will help cultivate and build meaningful foundations for success later in our members' careers. Benefits include help with recruiting and interviewing, various speakers from top real estate firms, networking opportunities, resume workshops, real estate fundamental training sessions/case studies, competitions, club social events, and site/property tours.

Club Leaders: Devan Bhumralkar and Antonio Feliciano Y Pleyto


The Stanford Proptech Club aims to educate the Stanford community on proptech developments, build a supportive ecosystem around real estate tech, and foster relationships with Stanford alumni in the space. The club will bring in industry experts, alumni, and current faculty as speakers to expand our current knowledge and understanding of what the industry has to offer, as well as provide resources and connections to help students find jobs and internships in the PropTech space.

Club Leader: Bera Demirbilek


Future of Cities

By 2050, approximately 68% of the world’s population will live in cities. The Future of Cities Club fosters cross-sectoral dialogue around complex issues and potential solutions that arise from urbanization. We explore ways to make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable through urban innovations, transformation of traditional industries, governmental policies, and participation of civil society.
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Thank You to our Outgoing Board Members!
SPIRE bids farewell to its departing board members and thanks them for their vision, passion, leadership, and dedicated service. The four retiring board members have been instrumental to SPIRE's continued maturation and improved sustainability as an organization. Please join us in thanking Loryn Arkow (JD '95), Gary Beasley (MBA '93), Wayne Brandt ('84) and Travis Duncan (MS '15, MBA '17) for their tremendous service.
Over her tenure, Loryn contributed creatively and strategically on the Governance & Diversity Committee, which she also chaired. She also led many of SPIRE’s legal and compliance initiatives. She ended her six-year term as Secretary and was a member of the Executive Committee. Gary worked tirelessly and with grace on the SREC Committee, which he co-chaired. He enlisted some of the best speakers each year for the annual SREC Conference, and infused SPIRE with innovative and forward thinking. Wayne also leaves a significant imprint, leading SPIRE as Chairman through the uncertain period of the pandemic. Wayne also co-chaired the University Engagement Committee with focus and purpose, helping create a strategic framework to bring focus to real estate on campus. Wayne served on the the Executive Committee and upon his departure became a Board Member Emeritus. Travis was SPIRE's first Student Board Member and continued on the Board after graduation. He was pivotal in SPIRE's work with students and young alumni, created SPIRE's Innovation Summit, and launched the SREC Emerging Leaders initiative.

Thank you all, again, for your service to SPIRE!
We would also like to congratulate Wayne on receiving the title
Board Member Emeritus!
Welcome to our Incoming Board Members!
Thanks to all who nominated candidates or submitted applications for SPIRE's Board positions. The new board members below were selected from this pool of extremely well-qualified candidates and confirmed in a recent vote. We are excited about their future contributions to SPIRE and have every confidence that they will help us further the SPIRE mission.

Please join us in congratulating our new board members!

Hilary Barte ('11)

Hilary is a Managing Director at JLL, a Fortune 200 real estate investment company. Hilary specializes in helping companies with their global real estate portfolios of owned and leased sites. Some of her clients include Pinterest, Alibaba, Take Two Interactive, Joby Aviation, Lyra Health as well as various venture-backed startups. Hilary graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. She was an 8-time All-American and two-time captain of the Stanford Women's Tennis team, where they won two NCAA
Division I national championships.

Andrés Cantero ('12)

Andrés Cantero Jr. is presently an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law and a senior real estate attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he joined the firm to help launch the west-coast real estate practice. Prior to his time at Willkie, Andrés has worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Hanson Bridgett LLP and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Throughout his career, Andrés has represented real estate institutional investors, owners, and developers in mortgage and mezzanine financings, joint venture, leasing and purchase and sale transactions. Andrés has worked on a variety of mixed-use, hospitality, and affordable housing projects, and has experience providing project permitting and entitlement strategy advice, as well as leading complex due diligence review and analysis of local zoning laws and related land use restrictions. Throughout the pandemic, Andrés assisted on some of the largest Chapter 11 filings.

Jair Lynch ('94)

As President and CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Mr. Lynch assumes primary responsibility for firm management and project coordination, with a commitment to developing a quality product and superior service. That commitment has produced distinctive urban mixed-use projects for investors and a distinguished list of public, private and non-profit clients. Mr. Lynch has more than 25 years of experience as an investor and developer, including projects in Silicon Valley and the Washington, DC region. Since founding the firm in 1998, he has accumulated over $3.0 billion of assets under management, with an additional 4.5 million square feet in the active pipeline. These include urban infill residential, commercial, retail, and institutional projects involving new construction, renovation, and historic preservation. Mr. Lynch has a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Urban Design from Stanford University. Mr. Lynch was also named a James L. Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Tricia Peterson (MBA '00)

Tricia Peterson is a Managing Partner and COO of Accord Group Holdings, which provides strategic advisory and capital formation services to the real estate private equity industry. Accord also makes principal investments in real estate platforms and has an investment management arm. Her real estate experience includes senior roles with Pacific Urban Residential, Macquarie Capital, Presidio Partners and Compass Equity Advisors. Previously, she was an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, covering real estate, healthcare, media & telecom and municipal finance clients. Tricia has served as a consultant to the International Finance Corporation in Beijing, China. She holds a BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford GSB. She serves on the SF Board of Women in Real Estate (WIRE), is Board Vice President of Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate (FIIRE) and sits on the Advisory Board of Dermot Partners GP, LLC. She is a member of the Pension
Real Estate Association (PREA).

Thank You!
SPIRE relies on the generous financial support of both our members and our corporate partners to fulfill our mission of empowering the Stanford community to innovate within real estate, placemaking and the built environment. We also strive to connect Stanford alumni, students, educators and staff to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and practices.
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Regional Leaders
We would like to thank SPIRE's regional leaders who are reigniting their planning and support around regional events. If you are interested in hosting an event or have a suggestions for one in your area, please contact us HERE. SPIRE is always looking for engaged, proactive community members to assist with our regional efforts. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a regional leader, please contact us HERE.

Northern California
Hady Abou Jaoude (MS '15), Hines  
Maya Theuer ('16), Redwood Residential
Evelyn Weis (MBA '18), Calzada Capital Partners

Southern California
Jason Lopata ('17), LBPM
David Pringle ('08), Morgan Stanley

Caroline Wu ('99), Placer

Richard Klawiter (JD '90), DLA Piper
Jenny Song (MBA '15), Navitas Capital

New York City
Peter Ciganik (MBA '07), GTIS Partners
Sam Mercer ('15), Blackstone

Pacific Northwest
Mike Medrzycki, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) 
Carey Crutcher Smith (MBA '87), Lease Crutcher Lewis

Ryan Whalen ('11), Live Oak Real Estate Development & Brokerage Services
Peixi Yan (MBA '21), Trammel Crow Company

Washington D.C.
Kyle DeThomas (JD '13, MS '13), Ballard Spahr LLP
Chris Grant (MBA '19), Yoke Management Partners
Cary Kadlecek ('99), Goulston & Storrs, PC 

Jair Lynch ('94), Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

2024 SPIRE Leadership
Lauren Barley ('82), Executive Director
Arezo Binai, Consultant
Paula Burke, Senior Manager, Membership, Programs & Events

Alex Forhan, Senior Manager, Marketing & Events

SPIRE Board of Directors
Chairman, Jeff Jacobson ('83, MA '84), Formerly of LaSalle Investment Management
President, Hanns Lee ('91), Hines
Hilary Barte ('11), JLL
Andrés Cantero ('12), Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Melinda Ellis Evers (MBA '93), Ellis Partners
Peter Griffin ('08), Allen Matkins LLP
Shallene Gross ('06, MBA '10), Equity Group Investments
Patricio Gutierrez Tommasi (MS '99), Artha Capital & Frontier Industrial
Hana Hardy Gunther ('00), City of San Jose
Rodney Johnson ('78), JPMorgan Chase
Mona Li (MBA '21), Essence Development Company
Jair Lynch ('94), Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners
Chris Mahowald (MBA '89), RSF Partners, Stanford GSB
Meris Ota (MS '04), Trammell Crow
Brian Patterson (MBA '89), White Star Real Estate
Tricia Peterson (MBA '00), Accord Group Holdings
Andy Richard ('91), Evercore
Charlie Rose ('03), Invesco Real Estate 
Maya Theuer ('16), Redwood Residential
Ken Woolley (MBA '71, PhD '71), Extra Space Storage, Inc. 
Eric Persky (MBA '24), Student Board Member

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