Board of Governors

Douglas Abbey

Mr. Abbey chairs the Investment Committee of Swift Real Estate Partners and is responsible for the firm’s portfolio management activities. Previously, he co-founded AMB Property Corporation (merged with Prologis in 2011) and IHP Capital Partners in. He has over 35 years of experience in all phases of real estate investment. Since 2005 he has taught the real estate class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Abbey has a BA from Amherst College and an MCP from UC Berkeley.

Jim Buie

Jim Buie (MBA '80) is the CEO in charge of all development and operations in the West Region of the United States and the Asia Pacific Region. He is a member the Hines Executive Committee. Since joining Hines in 1980, Mr. Buie has been involved in all phases of the development process and management of more than 70 million square feet of commercial real estate representing in excess of $15 billion.

Chip Conley

Hotel guru. Armchair psychologist. Traveling philosopher. Author. Speaker. Teacher. Student. Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84) 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 (Founding Director Emeritus)

Mr. Dunn ('98) 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

David Gottfried ('82) 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

Mr. Hamamoto ('81) is the Chairman of the Board of NorthStar Asset Management Group (“NSAM”) and NorthStar Realty Finance (“NRF”). He has served as Chief Executive Officer of NSAM since January 2014 and as Chief Executive Officer of NRF since October 2004. NSAM is 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.

Robert Lowe

Bob Lowe (MBA '64) 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

Newmark Cornish & Carey Executive Managing Director Phil Mahoney ('81) 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.

Michael Matkins

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

Buzz McCoy ('58) 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

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.

Mark Kroll

Mr. Kroll (MS '75) 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.

Dan Rosenfeld

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

Sturzenegger ('82) 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.