Board of Governors
Jim Buie (MBA '80)
Senior Advisor - West and Asia Pacific Regions
Jim Buie is the CEO of the West & Asia Pacific Regions for Hines. He is a member of the Hines Executive Committee. Since joining Hines in 1980, Jim has been responsible for the development, acquisition, and/or management of more than 100 million square feet of commercial real estate in 50 cities representing over $23 billion in value. Highlights of his career with Hines include the development of 101 California and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Figueroa at Wilshire in Los Angeles, Embassy House in Beijing and One Museum Place in Shanghai. Jim is a long time member of the Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council and was inducted into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2017. Jim earned his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia in 1974 and his master of business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1980.
Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84)
Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership
Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl. In his new book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder (September 2018), Chip shares his experiences – as both mentor and unexpected intern – at Airbnb. He is the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for families in the neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding line level employees. Chip is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, where the Conley Library bears his name.
Damon Dunn ('98)
Mr. Dunn 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. He played football and ran track at Stanford, where he earned All-Pac 10 and Academic All-Pac 10 honors, the national NFL and College Hall of Fame awards for academic and athletic excellence and the NCAA Academic Scholarship for high academic achievement. Mr. Dunn went on to play in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and in NFL Europe. He is also a licensed Baptist minister. While at Stanford, Mr. Dunn served as associate pastor at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Palo Alto. In 2002, Mr. Dunn founded the Joshua Project in Calgary, Alberta, a ministry for development of young Christian leaders, and he has served as President of his local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dunn founded SPIRE and serves as a Director Emeritus.
David Gottfried ('82)
President & CEO
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). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world. Gottfried’s work started a global industry with approximately 200,000 green buildings in most of the world’s countries. Gottfried serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and its Regenerative Network, RegenBuild, Regen360 and other incubations. Gottfried had previous tenures as a real estate developer and construction manager, and has served as a strategic adviser to over a hundred global organizations. His career spans 30 years serving the global building industry. Gottfried’s degree is in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University, where he serves as a frequent lecturer. Gottfried has received numerous leadership awards, including the WorldGBC Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award and the Northern California USGBC Superhero Award, both given out annually in Gottfried’s name. He is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books: Greed to Green, Greening My Life and Explosion Green. Gottfried’s former residence was the highest rated LEED Platinum home in the world.
Mark Kroll (MA '75)
Mr. Kroll 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.
Robert J. "Bob" Lowe (MBA '64)
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Bob Lowe is Founder and Chairman of Lowe, 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, Irvine, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Over the past 47 years, Lowe Enterprises has developed, acquired or managed more than $30 billion of real estate assets. Bob is a Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA; Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Roundtable; Life Trustee and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Claremont McKenna College; Chairman and Co-Founder of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy of Claremont McKenna College; and Director of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob is past Chairman of the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership; past member of the California Economy Strategy Panel; and past Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County. Bob's honors include City of Hope "Spirit of Life" Award; National Entrepreneur of the Year for Real Estate and Construction; Los Angeles Mayor's "City of Angels" Award; "Distinguished Citizen Award" presented by the Boy Scouts of America and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award and Bob was recently inducted into the Stanford University Real Estate Hall of Fame. Bob earned a BA, Cum Laude, from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
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. 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. He currently helps lead its Corporate and Institutional Services Group. Mr. Mahoney has been among Newmark Cornish & Carey's top five producers since 1982. He has negotiated over 1,025 transactions totaling more than 70 million square feet of space valued at over $18.0 billion. Tenacious and dedicated, Mr. Mahoney counts among his clients Fortune 500 firms seeking to expand, as well as start-up companies looking for their first facility.
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. 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 institutional investors in the restructuring of substantial investments in California real property, as well as institutional developers in acquiring, entitling, and developing master-planned communities. Michael is a frequent speaker on real estate and finance trends for various professional organizations. He has been ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in California, according to a survey of his peers. Michael was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal's Special Report on Who's Who in Real Estate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Advisory Council of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Pepperdine University Graziadio Board of Visitors, and sits on the Urban Land Institute—Los Angeles Executive Committee. Michael is also a member of the Council of Advisors for the National Geographic Society.
Susan Meaney ('82)
Susan Meaney is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Susan has been with the firm since its founding in 2006 where she has been responsible for managing the firm’s real estate investments totaling over $3 billion as well as contributing to the real assets portfolio. Makena is a global, multi-asset class investment manager with $18 billion of capital under management. The firm offers a range of pooled investment vehicles designed to achieve long term capital appreciation. Prior to joining Makena Capital, Susan was the Director of Real Estate and Real Assets Investments for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where she was responsible for the investment and oversight of the Foundation’s real assets portfolio. She served as a Managing Director at the Stanford Management Company from 1993-2001 where she was responsible for the development and management of 700 acres of Stanford University’s commercial real estate holdings and the development of one million square feet of office space. She currently serves as an Overseer of the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a member of the Stanford Bing Overseas Study Program Advisory Council. She has recently served on the Dartmouth Investment Committee as well as the Investment Committee of the Hewlett Foundation. Susan graduated from Stanford University in 1982 with an AB, with Honors and earned an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1986.
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. 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. Rosenfeld served as a senior officer with The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Tishman-Speyer Properties, Kilroy Industries and Jones Lang LaSalle. He was a founding member of Urban Partners, LLC, a nationally recognized developer of urban infill, mixed-use and transit-oriented real estate. Mr. Rosenfeld is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
Ron Sturzenegger ('82)
Ron Sturzenegger spent over 30 years working for Financial Institutions, primarily in the real estate corporate and investment banking areas but also in senior leadership roles at Bank of America. Ron was Enterprise Business & Community Engagement executive for Bank of America. In his role overseeing Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Ron was responsible for driving global integration opportunities across the enterprise. In addition, Ron led the company’s strategy through which leaders representing all the company’s various businesses in a given market or community worked together to integrate the delivery of products and services for customers and clients; including the oversight of the Market Presidents Organization. Previously, Ron led Legacy Asset Servicing (LAS) for the bank which was dedicated to resolving the numerous Residential Mortgage Issues post the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to LAS he served as managing director and global head of Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Corporate & Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as managing director and head of Real Estate and Lodging Mergers & Acquisitions for Bank of America Securities and as principal at Morgan Stanley Realty. Prior to Business School, Ron was a Research Associate for Bain & Company. Ron is on the Executive Committee for the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics. Ron and his wife are the former Vice Chairs and Chairs of the Parents’ Advisory Board for Stanford University. Ron has an MBA from Harvard University.