Board of Directors

Sam Freshman ('54, JD '56) - Chairman of the Board

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.

Louis S. Cohen ('78) - Vice Chairman

Louis S. Cohen is the international chair of Locke Lord’s Real Estate and Finance Department and a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. His general transactional practice is international in scope and concentrated in capital markets transactional real estate matters, including cross-border transactions in Europe, the Middle East and China.

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

Mr. Hagle is a third-generation commercial developer with life-long experience. He is a Founding Board Member and 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.

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

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.

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.

David Butler ('96) - 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.

Travis Duncan (MS '15, MBA '17)

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.

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

David Knowles is a Managing Director with Chessiecap Securities providing investment banking services to 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. Prior to that, he served as a Managing Director of Chadwick, Saylor emphasizing institutional private equity.

Kyle Ladewig ('08) - Board Member

Kyle is a Stanford graduate who brings intense energy and creativity to every project. After four years as a commercial real estate broker in San Francisco, he founded Tech & Timber to help fast-growing companies navigate the complex and insular real estate industry. Kyle brings with him a wealth of real estate expertise, having been involved in more than $2.5 billion of property transactions.

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.

Patrick Tooley (MBA '98) - Board Member

(“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.

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.