ASPIRE is a student organization associated with the alumni club Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE).
ASPIRE serves as the go-to organization for students interested in real estate, placemaking, and the built environment. It aims to span all departments and degree programs across campus, and to connect current students with SPIRE’s expansive alumni network. ASPIRE provides a forum for future place-makers to develop their skills through on-campus workshops and speaker talks, through off-campus site visits and events, and through networking and career-placement opportunities.
ASPIRE provides variable and responsive programming for a wide range of interests related to the built environment, so whether you you want to craft government policy to address the housing crisis and structural environmental sustainability, or you want to become the next big real estate tycoon, building the cities of tomorrow, ASPIRE is the club for you!
Our membership platform is free and flexible, in that registering will put you on our mailing list so that you can find out about relevant opportunities and entitle you to register for our events, but it entails no required meetings or obligations on your time. So please do register, and we hope to see you at an event soon.
Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) Directory: students can create an account on the SAA website and receive access to the Stanford Alumni directory. Using the Advanced Search options, you can search for alumni in real estate using an expansive array of attributes, such as graduation year, degree, geography, industry, and even interest/skills. For example, you can search with ease for any alumni within California who graduated between 2000-2010 and who work within the "Real Estate - Finance" industry. Simply click the "Find an Alum" button in the header of any SAA page, and click the Advanced Search function to browse the attributes you wish to select.
Stanford Real Estate Club - Leadership Team
Nicholas Pez ('21)
Major: Public Policy
Nicholas was born and grew up in Lima, Peru and lives in the United States. He studies Public Policy and Economics and has a particular interest in real estate development, investment, and entrepreneurship across various fields. Nicholas has experience with international real estate development and investment projects as well as strategic consulting roles for nonprofits and startups. He also enjoys creating artwork, spending time with friends and family, and aviation
Bradford Lin ('22)
Major: Economics & Computer Science
Bradford is an undergraduate at Stanford studying economics and computer science. He is interested in corporate finance. Last summer, Bradford worked at Vectr Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital firm based in Hong Kong. This summer, he is working in investment banking at JP Morgan in New York. In his free time, Bradford enjoys playing tennis.
Diego Jasson ('22)
Major: Economics & Computer Science
Diego is an undergraduate studying Economics and Computer Science. Diego is passionate about capital markets and international finance and is fascinated by the intersection of corporate finance and technology. This past summer Diego worked for Asia Pacific Land, an American real estate private equity firm, in their Munich office. A US-Spain dual citizen, Diego speaks four languages and enjoys traveling with friends.
Winston Shum ('23)
Winston is an undergraduate at Stanford studying Economics. He is passionate about corporate finance and has experience working for Greenwood Asset Management in Hong Kong. In the past, Winston gained exposure to real estate when he worked at Times China Holdings, an urban development operator in China. In his free time, Winston enjoys playing tennis and basketball.
Athena Chang ('23)
VP of Marketing
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Athena is a sophomore and Air Force ROTC cadet from San Jose, CA, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in the intersection of engineering and business, especially in mathematical modeling, investing, and capital markets. In her free time, Athena loves to fly planes, play ice hockey and lacrosse, and embark on skiing adventures.
James Bicamumpaka ('21)
VP of Operations
Major: Civil Engineering
James is a junior at Stanford pursuing a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering; with a focus on Structures and Construction. Some of his interests include sustainable development, computer-aided design (CAD), human centered design (HCD), resource management, and renewable energy technologies.
Christine Cheng ('22)
Co-VP of Recruiting
Major: Electrical Engineering
Christine is an undergraduate at Stanford studying Electrical Engineering and Music. She is interested in autonomous vehicles and in exploring the intersection of technology and real estate. During the past summers, Christine has worked as an intern at Intel Corporation and the San Francisco Opera. In her free time, she enjoys learning new instruments, building robots, and going on adventures with friends.
Diva Sharma ('21)
Co-VP of Recruiting
Major: Computer Science
Diva Sharma is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science at Stanford. Previously, Diva developed a remote patient monitoring device for the Indian market that led her to be named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 2018 List. At Stanford, Diva is involved with healthcare and pharmaceutical research and has previously interned as an 8VC Fellow, and as a product manager at Auris Health (acquired by Johnson & Johnson for 3.4 Billion USD) and Ancestry.
GSB Real Estate Club - Leadership Team
Dr. Sarah Buchner (MBA '21)
Throughout her professional and academic careers, Dr. Sarah Buchner has focused on the built environment.
Prior to the GSB, Sarah worked at Strabag (Global European Construction firm) as a site and project manager across Europe. Continuing with Strabag, she transferred to the field of ConstructionTech, building and leading teams of data scientists and CS specialists to develop construction-focused apps and software. Currently, her research and entrepreneurial work focuses on applying ML/AI/NLP to forecast project outcomes and reduce risks in the construction sector.
Academically, Sarah most recently finished her PhD in Civil Systems Engineering as Valedictorian with her published thesis research on disruptive innovations in construction. Prior studies took her to Vienna, Rome, and Montreal as she pursued Bachelors- and Masters-level degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering.
Joe Tobin (MBA '21)
Originally from San Francisco, Joe will leverage his prior experience working at Starwood Capital Group (Chief of Staff to firm's Founder / CEO, Barry Sternlicht, + Hotel Acquisitions Associate) to return to San Francisco post-grad and launch a real estate private equity firm focused on self storage and manufactured housing in the Western US.
Prior to the GSB, Joe received a Masters of Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. Additionally, Joe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Spanish & Portuguese Literature & Culture, focusing on immigration and identity narratives in Spanish, German, and Mexican film.
Personally, Joe loves to travel (spending extensive time abroad in 5+ countries), cook, read, play basketball, and explore.
Nico Posada (MBA '21)
Nico is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Prior to the GSB, he studied Real Estate and Finance as an undergraduate at Wharton, and then spent four years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Nico served a wide range of real estate clients - including investors, developers, operators, and prop tech players.
Long term, Nico is passionate about closing the affordable housing gap in Latin America. Personally, he enjoys road cycling.
Vicente Mobarec (MBA '21)
Vicente is a Bachelor & MSc in Industrial Engineering. Vicente has worked in several positions within the real estate industry, doing real estate private equity, real estate investment banking and proptech investing across Latin America. This summer Vicente is working for Metaprop NYC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on real estate technology. A Chilean-Croatian dual citizen, Vicente speaks three languages and enjoys composing and producing music.
Alan Jaime Misrahi (MBA '21)
Alán is an MBA at Stanford GSB. He started his career as a Lawyer in Mexico City, where he practiced for 5 years at Ritch Mueller, specializing in M&A, Project Finance and Real Estate. Prior to coming to Stanford, Alán was VP for Business Development at GICSA, México’s biggest shopping center developer and operator, where he was in charge of creating, sourcing and negotiating entertainment, experiences and new brands for their “Malltertainment” brand.
Leaders of the Built Environment (LBE) - Leadership Team
Javier Adrian Castellanos Aguilar (MS '22)
LBE SPIRE Liaison
Javier is pursuing a master's degree in Sustainable Design & Construction at Stanford with the support of a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship. Prior to the Engineering School, he worked for three years on the development of Red Compartida, a socially oriented telecommunications project in Mexico aimed at reducing the digital gap in the country and increasing competition in the sector. Javier is passionate about developing much-needed infrastructure, including affordable housing developments.
Future of Cities - Leadership Team
Mona Qianmeng Li (MBA '21)
Mona's personal and career goal is to positively make a difference in the lives of others through the built environment.
Prior to the GSB, Mona worked as a consultant at Bain & Company before taking the plunge to explore her passion for urban planning at New York City's City Planning department. There, she wore a number of hats, including serving as chief-of-staff under the COO, working across city agencies on capital infrastructure investments as part of the Mayor's Housing New York rezonings, and launching a web platform to reform NYC's City Environmental Quality Review process. She is currently exploring real estate development, interning at Related California to better understand the challenges & levers in achieving mixed-income housing.
Aside from co-founding the Future of Cities club (which aims to promote cross-industry/cross-sectoral solutions to making cities more liveable, equitable, and sustainable), Mona is also the student rep on SPIRE's Board of Directors and is a co-president of the business school's Asian Business Students Association
Jenna Louie (MBA-MS '21)
Degree: MBA and MS in Environment and Resources
After growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jenna concentrated in anthropology and philosophy at Harvard University before beginning a career in diversity and inclusion consulting. Her passion for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond workplace interventions then led her to the travel industry where she worked on Hilton's Corporate Strategy team, and to Stanford where she is now pursuing ways to make cities more accessible, equitable, and resilient. She has worked with several urban innovation startups and was an investor on the GSB Impact Fund's Urban Development deal team. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading longform essays and exploring out-of-the-way places in her neighborhood.
Janna Wandzilak (MBA '21)
Janna is currently an MBA and E-IPER Masters student at Stanford. Prior to Stanford, Janna worked as a consultant at Delos, a wellness real estate start-up in New York City, assisting clients with integrating health and wellness into the built environment. She is passionate about using real estate for positive impact and is interning for the summer with iMod Structures, a modular manufacturing company that builds high performance classroom buildings.