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: brokerage, marketing, business, architecture, 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

Austin Hunt, President

Austin is pursuing is Master's of Science in Real Estate from the University of Washington. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. After internships with the Massachusetts Port Authority and Maxwell Architects, he decided to move cross-country and make the transition into real estate at UW.

Austin is passionate about socially conscious, design-forward urban development. He is actively involved in ULI and it's Young Leader's Group. His goal for the UW Real Estate Club is to create a vehicle by which he and his classmates can successfully expand their knowledge of the real estate industry by becoming acquainted with the most influential voices and companies that make up the industry.

While pursuing his degree, Austin currently works as a development analyst for JCMV LLC.

Phil Bozarth-Dreher, MBA Chair

Jack Parker, Property Tour Chair & MSRE Board Rep

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jack earned his Comparative Literature degree from the University of Washington. Upon graduation, he accepted a research position for CBRE and was later promoted to brokerage where he worked directly with hospitals, clinics, and investors to buy, sell, or lease medical office space. 

 After a brief stint in the Bay Area working for various tech companies, Jack returned to the Northwest where he simultaneously pursued an MBA, while starting, Acrelo - a commercial real estate marketing platform. Interested in pursuing commercial real estate development, Jack decided to pursue additional knowledge of finance by attending the MSRE program at the Runstad Department of Real Estate.

 In his spare time, Jack is an avid bicyclist, surfer, and skier. Also, he manages to squeeze in a few concerts on the side. 

Kyle McAlonan, Property Tour Chair

Kyle was raised in Austin, Texas and received a Master's degree in Architecture from Texas Tech University. After college, he worked as an Architect in Austin on various projects from 800 to over 500,000 square feet. A few years after graduation, he became licensed and took on more responsibility. While working with multiple developers, he realized that he enjoyed what they were doing more but needed a stronger financial background to excel.Kyle came to the University of Washington Masters in Real Estate program to learn about real estate finance and has been working at Trammell Crow Residential. He looks forward to continuing to grow professionally while learning in an academic setting.Beyond the office, Kyle enjoys spending time outside hiking, fishing and skiing. He is looking forward to staying in Seattle because of the incredible outdoors, forward-thinking population and professional growth.

Elaine Palacios, Lunch & Learn Chair

Elaine was raised in the Bay Area and is very excited to be working and interacting with bright, driven people from all over the world. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a dual degree in Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design. While at UCD, she developed an interest in construction, project management, and design.

After working for two years as a designer and project manager at a landscape design office in the Bay Area, Elaine decided to pursue a career in architecture and real estate by enrolling in the M.ARCH and MSRE programs at UW. Elaine's passion for real estate stems from her desire to elevate and push projects to their maximum potential. Using her background in design and construction, as well as knowledge and tools gained through the MSRE program, she hopes to contribute and elevate development here in the Pacific Northwest.

This summer, Elaine is working for the partnered offices of Chainqui Development and GWest Architecture assisting in the design and development of projects throughout the Puget Sound region.

Ed Lilly, Lunch & Learn Chair

Xinyi Liu, Treasurer

Xinyi is a second year MSRE student at the University of Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in Real Estate Development and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Law from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in Shanghai, China. She attended UW immediately following her undergraduate studies. Xinyi joined the UW Real Estate Club Leadership Team because she wanted to help her classmates gain a better understanding of the local real estate industry.

Xinyi has focused her studies on real estate investment. While in school, she currently works for CityBldr as an underwriting analyst.