If you are a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and would like to become more actively involved — we’d welcome your participation! Please contact our Engagement & Connectivity Chair, Alex Mast at to obtain more information on committee membership. Our goal is to cultivate active participants, with committee members ideally becoming future Board members.


Program Committee

Each year, the Program Committee plans and implements a wide variety of programs focused on providing educational, social and networking opportunities for our membership. From our frequent and topical lunch events to special programs like the annual Cal/Stanford Real Estate Challenge, Best of the Bay Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner, Golf Tournament and Fleet Week Social—as well as focused educational sessions and “members-only” social and networking opportunities—our Program Committee takes the lead in planning our events.

There are sub-committees for The Real Estate Challenge, Industrial, Multi-Family, Real Estate Insider, and Behind the Scenes programs.

Co-Chair: James Nearon — New York Life Investors
Co-Chair: Courtney Trunnell — Cushman & Wakefield

  • Multi-Family Sub-Committee Chairs: Sharon Groenendyk – JP Morgan Chase & Jason Parr – Cushman & Wakefield
  • Real Estate Insider (REI) Sub-Committee Chairs: Maxim Shapiro – Novateur Capital
  • Industrial Sub-Committee Chairs: Teresa Goodwin – HPA & Rebecca Perlmutter – CBRE
  • Behind the Scenes Sub-Committee Chairs:  Kristian Weeks – Tishman Speyer & Xinyi McKinny – Stanford Healthcare, Real Estate
  • Real Estate Challenge Sub-Committee Chairs: Dennis Williams – Northmarq Capital, Lauren Pressman – Hillspire, Alexandra Stoelzle – Kilroy Realty, & Charlie McEachron –  Drawbridge Realty

Developing Leaders Committee

The Developing Leaders Program offers access to tools, networking and resources to NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter members who are 35 years old or younger for the purpose of gaining a competitive edge in the commercial real estate industry. To participate, you must be a member of the NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. 267 members currently participate in this program. The Developing Leaders Committee is responsible for developing programs and services to meet the needs of this group of members.

Chair: Colby Wick — Shorenstein Properties

Government Affairs Committee

The legislative action committee is responsible for educating members on “good” and “bad” pending legislation, proactively educating legislators on issues affecting our industry and maintaining a link with our lobbying “voice in Sacramento,” California Business Properties Association (CBPA). One of the most important benefits to our membership is the local, state and national efforts of NAIOP to positively influence legislative policy as well as to keep our members informed of the issues that continually confront our industry.

Co-Chair: Tess Brandwein — Shartsis Friese LLP
Co-Chair: Justin Shapiro –  Long Market Property Partners

Marketing / Communications Committee

The Marketing Committee is responsible for implementing the Chapter’s Marketing Plan. The committee works closely with all other committees to improve communications and highlight important issues and events. Areas of focus include the website, email marketing campaigns, social media, media relations, chapter marketing brochures, press releases, podcasts, and oversight of other internal and external communications by the chapter to ensure consistency of branding and message.

Chair: Becka Studer — Phase3 Real Estate Partners

I.D.E.A Committee

NAIOP SFBA has established the I.D.E.A Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability) whose charge is to ensure that diversity and inclusion are considered in all organization activities, actions, and decisions. The Committee will also work to develop and execute additional programs or resources for the Chapter where a need is identified. They will also work to identify opportunities to work together with NAIOP Corporate or other Chapters or outside commercial real estate organizations who share similar goals.  Sub-Committees of this group currently include:

Chair: Margo Bradish – Cox Castle & Nicholson
Programs Sub-Committee Chair: Kristina Wollan – Cushman & Wakefield
Outreach/Communications Sub-Committee Chair: Stephanie Straka – Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass
Best Practices/Challenge Sub-Committee Chair: Tricia Peterson – Accord Group

Connectivity & Engagement Committee

The Engagement & Connectivity Committee is responsible for assisting members in becoming more involved with the Chapter and helping them receive the most out of their NAIOP membership. This includes engaging board members and sponsors to feel the value of their contributions.

Co-Chair: Alex Mast  — JPMorgan Chase & Company
Co-Chair: Madison DiNapoli — PCCP, LLC

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for proactively identifying new member prospects, tracking and reporting membership results to the board, welcoming new members and assisting in coordinating “member only” events.

Co-Chair: Stew Cedarleaf  – Gemdale USA
Co-Chair: Briana Harney — NorthMarq Capital

Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for inviting sponsors to participate with our chapter and to serve as the liaison with these valued participants throughout the year to make certain that our sponsors capture all of the benefits and “special treatment” to which they are entitled. Our sponsor support has grown significantly in the last two years as have our sponsor benefits and our committee continues to “tailor” sponsorship opportunities to the desires of our many sponsors.

Co-Chair: Makrizia Fabio — Presidio Bay Ventures
Co-Chair: Chris Banke — Eastdil Secured

Young Professionals Group (YPG) Committee

As part of the Chapter’s offering, the chapter has developed the Young Professionals Group (YPG), an education, networking and leadership program. This committee is responsible for curriculum development and selection of participants for this program.

Chair: Dan Poritzky – Blue Rise Ventures
Advisor: Kevin Saavedra — Seventh Wave Investment Partners

Young Professionals Alumni Group

Co-Chair: Kellam Nelsen — Colliers International
Co-Chair: Jacky Iniguez — Brookfield Properties

YPG Alumni Sub-Committee Chairs

Behind the Scenes: Kristian Weeks — Tishman Speyer & Xinyi McKinny — Stanford Healthcare, Real Estate
Social & Community Outreach: Maddie Banard — Harvest Properties & Alexandra Leever — Harvest Properties
Recruitment: Jed Bonner — Allen Matkins & Ian Snow — Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Curriculum: Anika Comaroto — NorthMarq Capital

Advisory Council

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to allow the chapter leadership to benefit from the advice and counsel of long-time, active NAIOP chapter members with proven leadership and strategic planning skills. Members of the Council are appointed by the NAIOP SFBA Board of Directors for a three-year term and must have demonstrated leadership at the board and/or executive levels of the chapter at served at least one term on the Chapter Board.

Chair: David Karol — Ridge Capital Investors

Current Members:
Russ Cooper – Spear Street Capital
Matt Field —TMG Partners
Sharon Groenendyk — JPMorgan Chase & Company
Gordon Hess — Ellis Partners LLC
Awais Mughal — Meridan Property Company
Kevin Saavedra — Seventh Wave Investment Partners
Dennis Williams — NorthMarq Capital