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, place-making, 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 Directory: students may sign up with a special offer and receive access to the Stanford Alumni Association's (SAA) extensive 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.
Ryan Chan (MBA '20, JD '20)
Ryan Chan is a third year JD/MBA candidate. Prior to attending Stanford, he spent five years working in the technology industry as a product manager and project manager. He most recently worked in multi-family real estate investing with The Machete Group, where he was responsible for developing the firm’s investment thesis/strategy, underwriting, and performing due diligence. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.
Minh Nguyen ('20)
Minh is a junior currently double majoring in Management Science & Engineering and English Literature. Born and raised in Hanoi, he witnessed the rapid development of Vietnam and was captivated by how urban landscapers mixed and matched vintage nostalgia with emerging industrial aesthetics. He is interested in the intersection of space making and the arts. In his free time, Minh enjoys reading books rotating between poetry and prose.
Nicholas Pez ('21)
Nicholas was born and grew up in Lima, Peru and currently lives in Detroit, Michigan. He studies Economics and Urban Studies with a particular interest in real estate development, investment, and design. Nicholas has been in the founding team of a real estate investment fund focused on Opportunity Zones and has also participated in the Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge. He has also published 32 3D models to Google Earth and achieved over 1M SketchUp portfolio downloads. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and occasionally flying planes.
Fang-Yi Lin (MS '20)
Fang-Yi is a second-year Master’s student majoring in Structural Engineering & Geomechanics. She finished her undergrad in Civil and Construction Engineering in Taiwan and was a construction management intern in the City and County of San Francisco last summer. She has interests particular in development and project management.
Raman Voorhis (MS '19)
Raman is a second year Master’s student of Sustainable Design & Construction with an emphasis on management. He is born and raised in the Bay Area (Marin County) and received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Lewis and Clark College. He has spent six years working in construction holding positions from manual laborer to cabinet maker to project manager. Most recently, he spent the summer working on a 191-unit continued care retirement community development in Walnut Creek. Raman’s passion for real estate is born from the belief that one of the most positive impacts on a person’s life can be the space in which they live. Residential development is a great way to provide people with wonderful homes that infuse their lives with energy and joy.
Jim Yu (MBA '19, MS '20)
Jim is a second year graduate student pursuing a Joint Master of Science in Environment and Resources/Master of Business Administration. Through the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, he is exploring social impact and sustainability through real estate. He spent his MBA summer internship learning about the institutional multi-family industry with Greystar Real Estate Partners. Prior to business school, he was with Westmont Hospitality Group based out of the Toronto, Canada office and joins the ASPIRE team with four years of professional experience in both asset management and acquisitions in the hotel industry. Before his career in hotel real estate, Jim worked in hotel operations at the Statler Hotel in the Food & Beverage department for four years while completing his Bachelor of Science and Real Estate Minor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. In addition to his professional experience, Jim has been extensively involved in his community, having served as a member of the Canadian Forces Reserve working with local teenagers to develop youth leadership through the Royal Canadian Army Cadets program.
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