Jennifer Heafey assists SPIRE with a host of special projects on a consulting basis. She spent three years with SPIRE as Manager of Alumni Events and Programming for SPIRE, overseeing major and regional events, programming and content. Prior to joining SPIRE, Jennifer worked as an independent consultant advising real estate funds and institutional investors. She spent over a decade at Kenneth Leventhal & Company and Ernst & Young in various leadership positions in their Real Estate Advisory Services Practice in the US and Asia. Jennifer has provided corporate and financial real estate services to investors, developers, owners, tenants, and US & Asian banks and governments. Jennifer has a BBA in Finance from Loyola University in Maryland.
Director, Events and Programs
Diane leads event strategy and manages various other key programs and initiatives at SPIRE. She joined SPIRE as the Director of Programs and Events in the spring of 2018 after 25+ years leading marketing and communications strategies for technology startups and Fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area and abroad. Diane earned her event chops early in her career at Oracle Corporation where she managed 35+ trade shows annually before advancing to create and produce the company’s annual user conference exposition, now called Oracle OpenWorld. Prior to SPIRE, Diane was Head of Marketing and Communications at WideOrbit, a broadcast technology company based in San Francisco, after working in Paris for several years helping a mobile tech startup launch and market its solutions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Before Paris, Diane drove brand awareness and go-to-market strategies for several Bay Area early-phase startups across a variety of tech sectors including CRM and marketing automation. Diane hails from Minnesota where she earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Anthony Sanchez ('07)
Anthony is retained by SPIRE as a special consultant on various projects, having previously served as its Member Services Coordinator since 2016; currently, Anthony is the Head of Operations for Checkbook.io, a financial technology startup in Silicon Valley. His experiences span politics, technology, and butchery. After graduating from Stanford, Anthony spent a year in Sacramento in the prestigious Capitol Fellows Program under then Senator S. Joseph Simitian and ultimately landed in Berkeley politics under now Mayor Jesse Arreguin. He worked on a host of issues, including good government, business development, and local land use. In one case, he developed the innovative concept of using a preemptive zoning overlay to halt USPS' sale of an historic Post Office for private use, becoming the first municipality to successfully do so. And while many liken the legislative process to sausage-making, as a former summertime and seasonal butcher at Oakland's famous Ver Brugge's Seafood and Meats, he can attest to the fact that actual sausage-making is far more appetizing.
Elizabeth Youngblood ('91)
Elizabeth is the key management leader of Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE). As Executive Director, she oversees the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization, as well as marketing, external relations, budget, human resources. She assumed her role as Executive Director in 2015, five years into the existence of SPIRE, and she looks forward to continuing SPIRE’s momentum. 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. She holds a JD/MBA from the University of Virginia and an AB in East Asian Studies from Stanford. While at Stanford, Elizabeth was Senior Class President.