SPIRE Board's Governance & Diversity Committee

Commitment to Diversity

SPIRE is committed to promoting gender, racial and ethnic diversity among our membership and leadership and the Governance & Diversity Committee of the SPIRE Board of Directors seeks your help. 

  • What other Stanford graduates do you know who are not SPIRE members? 
  • Can we help you recruit them?

We also seek your help to find Board member prospects who might increase diversity within the SPIRE Board and leadership. We welcome your suggestions at any time but you should know we will be electing more Board members later this year. 

We welcome your suggestions for Board candidates. In addition, we are interested in future Board candidates who might demonstrate their commitment to -- and increase their knowledge about SPIRE -- by volunteering within their regional SPIRE chapters, hosting a local or on campus event, or by serving on a SPIRE Board committee. Committees include (1) Finance, (2) Innovation, (3) Student Outreach, (4) University Relations, (5) Governance & Diversity, (6) Corporate Sponsorships and (7) Member Engagement.

To suggest Board candidates or become more involved with SPIRE, contact SPIRE Executive Director Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird.

Upcoming Board of Directors Election

Later this year, SPIRE will hold elections for members of the SPIRE Board of Directors.

As such, the SPIRE Board of Directors invites nominations for board consideration. In considering nominations, the board will take into account a myriad of personal attributes of the nominee to include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • The likelihood the candidate will add to the gender, geographic, ethnic, age and racial diversity of the board as a whole.
  • The potential for the prospect to increase the range of real estate function diversity on the board.
  • Contacts which can further one or more of the three pillars of SPIRE, particularly university relations in the broadest sense.
  • Fundraising contacts and a willingness to use them to increase financial sponsorship in support of SPIRE programs.
  • Depth of the prospect’s commitment to Stanford and a demonstrated commitment to SPIRE.

Any dues-paying member of SPIRE will be eligible for nomination and consideration. In order to nominate oneself or another, candidates must submit a) a completed SPIRE Board Candidate Survey, as well as b) a bio detailing one’s personal and professional history. You may find the SPIRE Board Candidate Survey via this link.

Please contact Elizabeth Lambird Youngblood with questions or for more information.


Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird ('91) - Executive Director

Elizabeth drives the day-to-day operations of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE), a global association of Stanford alumni and students involved in the real estate industry. Her career experiences range from her role as the Staff Director of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to, most recently, as a staff member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Alumni Association.

Sydnee Brooks - Program Manager

Sydnee Brooks designs and executes events for SPIRE's members and for Stanford students. Sydnee most recently worked as a Real Estate Asset Manager in the Faculty Staff Housing Department, a division of the Office of the Provost at Stanford University.

Jennifer Heafey - Special Projects Consultant

Jennifer Heafey assists SPIRE with a host of special projects on a consulting basis. Prior to joining SPIRE, Jennifer worked as an independent consultant advising real estate funds and institutional investors. 

Anthony Sanchez ('07) - Member Services Coordinator

As SPIRE's Member Services Coordinator, Anthony supports SPIRE's massive membership and assists with SPIRE's overall goal of empowering the Stanford community to innovate within real estate, place making and the built environment. Anthony comes to SPIRE with a unique background spanning politics, technology, and butchery.

Board of Directors

Patrick Tooley (MBA '98) - Chairman

Patrick founded and serves as Managing Partner of Tooley Interests, LLC (“TI”), a firm focused on the acquisition, development, and long term ownership of strategic real estate in Southern California’s coastal urban markets. 

David Butler ('96) - President and 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.

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.

Michael Armstrong (MBA '09) - Board Member

Mike Armstrong is a Director in the GI Partners real estate group. He is responsible for co-heading the group’s technology real estate acquisitions effort. Mike is a member of the TechCore and DataCore Investment Committee.

Dan Broderick ('98) - Board Member

Dan Broderick is an executive in the commercial real estate industry with an impressive transactional track recordin excess of $8 billion from 60 transactions across four markets and four product types.

Anthony Clarke ('12, MS '12) - Board Member

Mr. Clarke is a vice president and commercial real estate portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO).

Travis Duncan (MS '15, MBA '17) - Board Member

Travis Duncan is a Development Project Manager at Sares Regis and is the co-Chair of SPIRE’s University Engagement Committee focusing on establishing, maintaining and growing relationships with the University.

Scott Eschelman ('89) - Board Member

Scott Eschelman is a Partner at BUILD:, a San Francisco residential development firm. Scott runs Capital Markets and Operations for BUILD, where he focuses on capitalizing BUILD’s projects, growing it’s LP investor base, and managing the company’s day to day operations.

Raymond E. Flores, Jr. (’86) – Board Member

Mr. Flores is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Calzada Capital Partners, a $7.5 billion private equity real estate firm with investments in the United States, Australia, French Polynesia, Mexico and Chile.

Tiffany Griego ('98, MBA '04) - Board Member

Tiffany Griego is Managing Director of Asset Management for Stanford Research Park.  She leads strategic planning, real estate development and asset management of Stanford University’s preeminent income-producing real estate asset, the Stanford Research Park, a 700-acre $7 billion submarket comprised of approximately 10 million square feet of commercial space.

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

Mr. Hagle is a third-generation commercial developer with life-long experience. He is a Founding Board Member and the former President of SPIRE, and he is CEO of Aventine Development.

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

SREC Co-Founder & SPIRE Founding Board Member David Knowles is responsible for the dedicated team at Stanfield Partners and its capital formation, strategic partnership, and investing activities in real estate technology companies. 

Kyle Ladewig ('08) - Board Member

Kyle is a real estate entrepreneur and the former Head of Product Strategy & Marketing for Ten-X Commercial, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace with over $40 billion sold.

Hanns Lee ('91) - Board Member

Hanns Lee has nearly twenty of experience in developing Class-A office buildings, office campuses and office-anchored mixed-use projects throughout Northern California.

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.

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.

Andy Walburger - (’98) - Co-Founder, Board Member

Andy served as Executive Director of SPIRE for more than four years and transitioned back to the real estate private sector in early 2016. He is now working with TenX, formerly known as Auction.com.

Sam Freshman ('54, JD '56) - Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Freshman is Board Chairman of Standard Management Company which performs real estate acquisitions, bridge finance, and property management.

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

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.

Board of Governors

Jim Buie (MBA '80)

Jim Buie is the CEO of the West & Asia Pacific Regions for Hines. He is a member of the Hines Executive and Steering Committees. 

Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84)

Hotel guru. Armchair psychologist. Traveling philosopher. Author. Speaker. Teacher. Student. Chip Conley has lived out more than one calling in his lifetime.

Damon Dunn ('98)

Mr. Dunn has extensive experience as a developer of commercial real estate, including retail projects in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and North Carolina. Dunn founded SPIRE and serves as a Director Emeritus.

David Gottfried ('82)

David Gottfried 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).

David T. Hamamoto ('81)

Mr. Hamamoto is the Executive Vice Chairman of Colony NorthStar, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer of NSAM from January 2014 until the merger with Colony Capital and NorthStar Ralty Finance Corp in 2016.

Mark Kroll (MS '75)

Mr. Kroll is co-founder and Managing Director of Sares Regis Group of Northern California, LLC, and Regis Homes Bay Area, LLC. 

Robert Lowe (MBA '64)

Bob Lowe 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. 

Phil Mahoney ('81)

Newmark Cornish & Carey Executive Vice President Phil Mahoney 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.

Michael Matkins ('67)

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.

Bowen H. "Buzz" McCoy ('58)

Buzz McCoy 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.

Susan Meaney ('82)

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.

Dan Rosenfeld ('75)

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. 

Ron D. Sturzenegger ('82)

Sturzenegger 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.

Regional Leaders

Northern California

  • Scott Eschelman ('89) – BUILD
  • Desiree Stahley ('07, MA '07) – Lincoln Property Company
  • Carlos Valdivia ('96, MBA '03) – Cornerstone Realty Capital

Southern California

  • Loryn Arkow (JD '95) - Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Jonathan Cheng ('00, MBA '07) - Tourmaline Capital
  • Kyle DeThomas (MS '13, JD '13) - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jason Lopata ('17) - Craig Lawson & Co Land Use Consultants


  • Shallene Cua Gross ('06, MBA '10) – Equity Group Investments
  • William Griffiths (MBA '04) – Equity Group Investments
  • Christian Lane ('93) – First American Title

New York City

  • Peter Ciganik (MBA '07) – GTIS Partners
  • Emily Jones ('11) – CBRE
  • Mardi Schecter (JD '86) – Younkins & Schecter, L.L.P.

Washington D.C.

  • Melanie Domres ('86) – Cafritz Interests LLC
  • Cary Kadlecek ('99) – Goulston & Storrs
  • Philip Porter ('91) – Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.


  • Mark Hefner ('81) -Mohr Partners

Founder's Circle

SPIRE wishes to recognize and express sincere gratitude to those individuals who make up the SPIRE Founder’s Circle. As a non-profit organization, SPIRE is supported by dues and by contributions from its members. 

Current members of the SPIRE Founder’s Circle are listed below:

  • Brian Avery
  • Loryn Arkow
  • Mike Biggar
  • Gregory Blaine
  • H. Terrence Blaine
  • Marge Blaine  
  • Susan Booth
  • Dan Broderick
  • James Buie
  • David Butler
  • Mark Cho
  • Louis S. Cohen  
  • Marty Clevenger 
  • Damon Dunn
  • Samuel Freshman
  • Theodore Gildred 
  • Amy Glad
  • Priyanka Goel 
  • Julie Gutzwiller
  • Chad Hagle
  • Andrew Hartzell
  • Soroush Kaboli
  • Herman Kelting
  • Bruce Kirsch
  • Manish Kumar
  • David Knowles
  • Rebecca Lee
  • Huiping Liao 
  • Jonathan Liscke 
  • Mike Lowe
  • Robert Lowe
  • Robert Lowe Jr.
  • Philip A. Mahoney
  • Gary McKitterick
  • Donald Nanney  
  • Chris Orosco
  • Patrick Orosco 
  • Matt Pear
  • Philip Porter
  • Stephen Roulac
  • Desiree Stahley 
  • Lydia Tan
  • Natalie Vania-Gandhi
  • Carol Wyant

SPIRE would not be able to execute its mission without its staff members, regional leader volunteers, and fourteen board of directors who govern SPIRE's activities.