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

Sara Bago, President & MSRE Board Representative

Sara Bago is a native of the Seattle area.  Her family has been involved in local multifamily investment and management since the 1950s. She comes to the MSRE program with over a decade of real estate lending experience. From the vantage point of a lender she has seen a lot of compelling projects and properties.  This has energized her to seek new ways to become more involved in the local built environment. Her purposes in pursing the MSRE degree are to become a strong, accomplished and strategic thinking leader that will help shape our region going forward and contribute to the local community.

Sara loves to spend time on the Puget Sound, and all the abundant water ways in the region, skiing, and spending quality time with her family. She has two young daughters who she hopes to inspire to be strong female leaders as they grow up.

Allyse Bacharach, MBA Chair

Allyse is pursuing her MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in marketing first in the Bay Area and then in Portland, she has decided to travel up north to further her education.

Allyse is currently a board member of the Real Estate Club and Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club.

Emily Haines, Property Tour Co-Chair

Emily Haines grew up locally on Bainbridge Island.  She began her professional career as a teacher. Spending over a decade teaching K-2 students in both the Highline and Mercer Island school districts.  

Emily’s interest in real estate sparked from a small investment property she owned and operated.  She applied to the Master of Science in Real Estate Program in hopes of an in-depth knowledge of commercial real estate and as a launching point for her future career in the field.  She finds great satisfaction in market research and the creative, interdisciplinary aspects of real estate.

Outside of pursuing her Master’s degree Emily is currently building a DADU behind her 1920s home.  She is the mom of two young children and enjoys this busy and rewarding chapter of life.

Lindsay Todaro, Property Tour Co-Chair

Lindsay comes to the Real Estate program with a background in architectural design. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016, she worked for Massachusetts-based firm Cube 3 Studio on multifamily and student housing projects, before returning to school for her Masters degree.

Lindsay’s interest in pursuing a higher education in Real Estate with a focus on Development has been fueled by lessons learned from her design education and experience in the field. She believes forging more collaborative partnerships within the fields of architecture and private real estate development will fuel more innovative solutions to our cities’ most pressing urban issues and help build more sustainable and livable communities. Her principal interests lie in housing and adaptive re-use.

Apart for her interest in the built environment, Lindsay is an avid skier and hiker and was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by both Seattle’s dynamic urban environment and the unparalleled natural beauty surrounding the city.

Michael Kleiner, Lunch & Learn Co-Chair

Mike’s interest in real estate started at a young age while watching episodes of This Old House. That early interest was followed by hands-on experience later in life. He served as co-trustee of a project to build and donate a public park. He rebuilt his home from the ground up (with extensive help from a builder, architect and other professionals, of course!). He operates a retail strip mall. Mike also operates a solo CPA tax practice in Edmonds, Washington, which has given him additional insights into the tax aspects of real estate investment.

Mike would like to expand his entrepreneurial activities by pursuing commercial real estate value-add investments in smaller Northwest markets.

Mike is grateful to study alongside such a talented cohort here at the UW. This gratitude inspired him to serve as part of the Real Estate Club leadership team. He hopes to strengthen connections between his fellow students and the real estate community at large.

Sakriti Vishwakarma, Lunch & Learn Co-Chair

Sakriti Vishwakarma hails from Delhi, India where she pursued an undergraduate and a master’s degree in architecture with a specialization in heritage preservation. She has worked on several Heritage sites in India, some of which dated back 1000 years.

After moving to Seattle in 2017, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Real Estate to enhance her understanding of the industry. She hopes to pursue a career in Corporate Real Estate to be a part of the bigger decision making and contribute towards the sustainable and holistic built environment. She is currently working part-time as an intern with the University of Washington Real Estate office.

Vincent Huang, Treasurer

I am pursuing my Master’s in Real Estate (MSRE) part-time at the University of Washington with three primary goals: accelerate my learning curve in finance, capital markets and development, build out my professional network in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and discover all of the new opportunities that “CREtech” has to offer.

I enter the Runstad Department program with six years of experience in commercial real estate and finance across three different subsectors: fulfillment / e-commerce industrial, regional shopping mall retail and garden style multifamily. I currently lead real estate finance for Amazon’s fulfillment network in North America.

I grew up in southern California and studied Economics at UCLA. Outside of real estate, I enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, reading and spending time with friends and family.