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 UWREClub@gmail.com.
Fred Levine, MSRE President
Fred is a second year graduate student pursuing his Masters of Science in Real Estate at the University of Washington’s Runstad Center. Born and raised in the Greater Seattle Area, he previously graduated from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. At CMC, Fred was an economics-accounting and psychology dual-major. He selected real estate as a career because he wanted to be in an area of finance that combined both quantitative and qualitative elements. Fred recently completed a 6-month internship with the asset management group at Unico Properties LLC, a local real estate investor and full-service operator that focuses on office and multifamily assets in the western United States.
Aside from the real estate club, Fred is an active member of ULI, NAIOP, and ICSC. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Siri Smith, MBA President
A Seattle native, Siri is currently a second year Masters in Business Administration Candidate at the University of Washington’s Foster School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Siri is a passionate advocate for creative place making within Seattle’s built environment, and, as the MBA President of the University of Washington’s Real Estate Club, she aims to focus the club’s efforts around creative project ventures and cutting edge practices within the Seattle Industry. As a Graduate Intern at Heartland LLC, Siri combines her background in international art management, banking and construction to provide integrated data research, market analysis and financial modeling support to projects.
Will Mentor, Property Tour Chair
Will was raised in Seattle and is very excited to be back working and interacting with bright and driven people from all over the world. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Business and Economics. While at UPS, he developed an interest in Management, Internal Economics, and Dispute Resolution.
Will spent almost all of his professional career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. He has experience managing personnel and government property, and has worked with diverse and effective teams.
After the army, Will decided to pursue a career in real estate and enrolled in the MSRE program at UW. Real estate appealed to Will because he wanted to contribute to the living community here in the Pacific Northwest.
This summer, Will worked at Amazon in their corporate real estate division.
Susan Brownell, MBA VP
Susan is a second year in the full time MBA program at Foster. She moved to Seattle from San Francisco, where she managed operations at a law firm. For her next act, she is interested in a career in corporate or commercial real estate after completing her summer internship with CBRE. In her free time, she enjoys trivia nights and moderate hikes
McKenzie Darr, Urban Planning Chair
McKenzie is pursuing concurrent master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Real Estate. She is interested in corporate real estate; office design and development; and how office space relates to employee productivity, attraction, and retention.
Originally from Santa Clara, California, McKenzie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and Ethnic Studies. She was on the Dean’s Honor Roll every year and was initiated into numerous Honors Societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu. During her undergraduate career, she worked for the City of Santa Clara Building Inspection Division, where she was in charge of building and housing violation follow-up. In the summer of 2016, She worked for the City of Santa Clara Planning Division, acting as project planner for nearly 75 projects, presenting at public meetings, and reviewing applications for architectural approval, variances, use permits, and amendments to previously approved projects. While working for the city, she streamlined municipal procedures for efficiency and effectiveness while becoming familiar with municipal code and the regulatory framework within which development occurs. She is interested in the entitlement process and the effectiveness of planning policies.
Over time, she also become more interested in applying planning principles – strategic, long-term vision; focus on the resident or occupant; and multi-faceted approaches to compromise and problem solving – to office space. Her thesis for Urban Planning relates to how office space can be designed with the health of occupants as one of the foremost design criteria, within practical financial constraints. She is hoping to pursue a career in corporate real estate.
Will Levin, Evening MBA VP
Will has been passionate about the built environment since childhood. He has pursued this passion through his undergraduate study in Architecture and Construction Management at UW. Will is currently working on his MBA at Foster while working full-time as a Project Manager for Turner Construction. He thrives in the challenging and fast paced environment where he often puts his multi-disciplinary background to work, collaborating with architects and owners to achieve their project goals. Will is seeking to broaden his business acumen through the MBA and pair it with his experience to make a greater impact on the future of our city. Outside of school and work, Will loves crossfit, road cycling, snowboarding, looking at art, traveling and eating!
Jie Fang, Treasurer
Jie Fang was born and raised in Shanghai China, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance and Accounting degree at the University of Miami. She was the one of the student leaders in the college, and she helped to organize many on-campus and off-campus events with other student leaders.
Jie has passion for dealing with numerical things. She had an internship in China at the Continent Property Insurance Company in the Accounting Department. Jie managed account receivables, analyzed weekly sales report, and created charts of total sales from each region.
Jie is interested in both Corporate RE and RE Finance and Investment. She is also working on her CFA Level I test, which she hopes will help her have a deeper understanding of real estate markets.
Fred Hines, Lunch & Learn Co-Chair
Chris Hall, MBA Board Rep
Chris is a native Washingtonian who worked in retail management for 6 years with The North Face. He left North Face to join the full-time MBA program at Foster and pursue a career in financial services. One area of particular interest to Chris is real estate finance, which he views as dynamic and exciting. On the weekends Chris enjoys anything that takes place outside, although his favorite activity is skiing.
Will Jacquier, Lunch & Lunch Co-Chair & MSRE Board Rep
Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Will earned his Material Science and Engineering degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he accepted a Metallurgist position for an Oil and Gas materials testing laboratory in Houston, Texas and later a Welding Engineering/Project Manager position for a large scale fabrication and production company.
Through his first year of the MRSE program, Will is concentrating in the finance and investment side of the industry and accepted an internship with Makena Capital Management in San Francisco for the summer, where he worked with the real estate team to underwrite and manage various assets classes around the country.
In his spare time, Will enjoys fishing and Crossfit – both of which he intends to continue throughout his duration in Seattle.