The Real Estate Club at the University of Washington is lead by an outstanding group of students who are passionate about real estate and the real estate community. These students have backgrounds in: development, sales, business, architecture, law, etc... The leadership team is responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary:  lectures, career development, networking opportunities, volunteering events, and property tours. Club leadership gladly welcomes additions to the team. If you're a student enrolled at the University of Washington and interested in participating, connect with us at

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Sam Gordon, Co-President MSRE Rep

Sam graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in General Social Science with an emphasis on Business and Economics.  This enabled him to expand his areas of study to become proficient in: Marketing, Management, Writing, Financial Analysis, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Real Estate and the Stock Market.  Immediately after graduating, he received his license as a broker in the state of Washington where he is currently still active as a broker. Sam's experience and market knowledge in retail leasing, sales, and tenant representation will enable him to offer innovative ideas for potential projects.  He has spent his life studying the retail landscape of the greater Seattle area and would like nothing more than to be involved with the future development and impact on this city.  Eventually, he looks forward to studying other markets around the World and trying to create the most unique and                  Download Resume                   desired communities.  He has spent a lot of time presenting his services to landlords all over the city,                                                                       and the insight he has gained has been invaluable. Working so closely with developers has given him a                                                                   clear vision of the type of employee they look for.

Alastair Townsend, MSRE Event Co-Chair

Alastair Townsend is a qualified architect with over ten years professional experience in the UK and Japan. Upon receiving a diploma from London’s Architectural Association, he cut his teeth working in the UK office of Grimshaw. After working for a range of London practices, he moved to Tokyo and co-founded BAKOKO Design Development in 2009. As a commentator – particularly on the relationship between real estate economics and design – he has been interviewed by media outlets including The Wall Street JournalThe Financial TimesThe Guardian, The BBC, CNN, NHK, and NPR. In 2014 he was an invited lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Alastair Townsend is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design & Construction specialty (LEED AP BD&C).

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Lauren Reel, MSRE Lunch n' Learn Co-Chair

A Seattle native, Lauren is a current Master of Science in Real Estate student at the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Washington State University.  Lauren is pursuing a lifelong career in real estate development and realizing her passion for building healthy and sustainable office and multi-family communities in downtown Seattle. Lauren is particularly curious about the effects built environments have on human health, productivity and overall life satisfaction and plans to incorporate social science and brain research into her real estate studies.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and boating in the San Juan Islands.  Connect with Lauren:

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David Leon, MSRE Events Co-Chair

Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, David has over twelve years of experience working in law and management.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Miami.  He is currently a candidate for the Master of Science in Real Estate degree from the University of Washington.

David practiced land use and environmental law for the City of New York, where he contributed to City decisions on construction contract disputes, loft development, environmental impact statements, and solid waste management.  After moving to Seattle, David worked for the Port of Seattle’s labor relations department, negotiating and administering labor agreements on large-scale public                                  Download Resume                    infrastructure projects.  He has also managed employee benefit programs including the health                                                                                  insurance and retirement plans for the Port and for Eddie Bauer.  He is currently conducting research                                                                      for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies on condominium development in Washington State.

Genevieve is pursuing concurrent master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Real Estate. She believes in the powerful role that small business and the arts play in defining cities and creating value.  A Seattle native, she is passionate about sustaining the greatness of her hometown by preserving affordability and creating opportunities for people and small businesses to thrive.  Genevieve designed an undergraduate major in Urban Community Development at Colorado College. Since graduating, she has lived in cities across the country including three years in Leadville, Colorado where she served on the city’s planning and zoning commission. Before beginning her graduate career, Genevieve worked as a project manager for a high-end modular homebuilder. 

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Lori Shannon, MUP Co-Chair

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Arash Oliaei, Co-President, MBA Rep

Prior to attending Foster, Arash was an Assistant Project Manager for Lease Crutcher Lewis, a local general contractor active in the commercial construction sector. As a big believer in continuous improvement, Arash seeks to always better the working environment around him.  Through his MBA education, he hopes to further hone his current skills, and expand his knowledge in corporate strategy, finance, while also pursuing a Real Estate Certificate from the Runstad Real Estate program. Connect with Arash at


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Paul Roeter, V.P. of Outreach, MBA

Paul brings over seven years of construction management, development and acquisitions experience to the UW Real Estate Club leadership team. Paul currently is a Project Manager for CBRE and manages infrastructure, tenant improvements and major restorations of commercial buildings. Shortly after receiving his Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the UW, Paul and several of his peers founded Pandion Partners which is a local real estate development and acquisitions firm. His primary responsibilities at Pandion are finding and underwriting acquisitions, cost management and development management. Paul is currently completing his first of year his MBA at the Foster School of Business and is the Evening Program Representative. His primary goals at Foster are to enhance his financial and entrepreneurial skills and build relationships within the Puget Sound business and real estate community.

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Ben Broesamle, Finance

Ben Broesamle seeks a career fostering community and sustainability by building convenient, walkable development. Ben is currently a student in the MSRE program at the University of Washington, where he was awarded the 2014 Linda Nordstrom Endowed Fellowship in Real Estate Studies. Ben worked at Newmark Realty Capital from 2011 to 2014 as an Associate in the company’s Seattle office, where he underwrote over $425 million in funded loan proceeds. Previously, he worked for the Transit Oriented Development Program at Sound Transit, the Regional Transportation Authority, and for JPMorgan Chase Bank. Ben completed the 2012-2013 Commercial Real Estate Certificate program at the University of Washington. Connect with Ben at

Alex Wilson, Marketing 

Alex Wilson is a graduate student at the University of Washington in the Master of Science in Real Estate program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from Western Washington University.  He currently works as an Assistant Project Manager for Insite Property Solutions, a boutique property management firm with several Class A mixed-use properties on the Eastside. Alex supervised the successful lease-up of The 104 Apartments, a 115-unit multifamily property in Bothell that established record-high rents for the market.  He now oversees market analysis for Insite, making sure all rents in the portfolio remain competitive in a fast-moving marketplace.  In addition to these duties, Alex monitors the Insite portfolio for opportunities to increase value for investors. Connect with Alex at