BOMA San Francisco Foundation

A Special Event Honoring John Kilroy, Kilroy Realty Corporation

Join us to raise funds and awareness for CRE education
May 19, 2016, 5–7:30PM • Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street, SF

What is CREATE?

CREATE is a collaboration of BOMA San Francisco, BOMA Oakland/East Bay, IREM San Francisco Bay Area and NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, whose focus is to expand and strengthen the commercial real estate workforce. The current and growing talent drought threatens the long-term viability of commercial real estate and its related industries. Funds raised through this event will directly support San Francisco State University’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Certificate program and to develop a “job ready” workforce.

Click here to view a short film featuring recent SFSU CRE graduates describing tell how the program helped launch their careers.  

Talent Shortage Inspired BOMA San Francisco Foundation’s Mission

A looming talent shortage faces the commercial real estate industry, as Baby Boomers retire from the workforce. Who will manage the increasingly complex commercial buildings that the vibrant Bay Area economy demands? Determined to address this crisis, the BOMA San Francisco Foundation’s mission is to expand and diversify the CRE workforce by recruiting, training and retaining top-quality talent. 

Strength Through Partnerships

The BOMA San Francisco Foundation formed a partnership with San Francisco State University in 2012 to provide courses in commercial real estate that will prepare students to enter the workforce. Graduates earn a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate.  The Foundation also collaborates with other industry groups including BOMA Oakland/East Bay, IREM San Francisco Bay Area and NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, plans to expand to other universities and holds joint events and programs with groups like JUMA Ventures.  

Making an Impact 

Since its launch, the BOMA Foundation has created job-shadowing programs where students can learn about different aspects of CRE – from finance to property management to marketing to construction – and more. Each summer, companies host SFSU student interns to give them real-life experience. Many CRE program graduates are now working full-time in CRE for employers like CBRE, City and County of San Francisco, Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ, Harsch Investment Properties, JLL, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and the Presidio Trust.  

A former intern who is now a tenant services coordinator for Cushman & Wakefield, Max Hinz, said about his intern experience "Having four marquee properties with experienced teams at each building made this an incredibly unique opportunity to experience different environments and management compositions." He became excited about commercial real estate as a career while taking the Fundamentals in Real Estate Valuation course at SF State. "We did a tour of 350 California with Jim Arce and Nancy Gille. That was a lightbulb, aha moment for me."

How Can You Help?

Interested in supporting the BOMA Foundation? There are a variety of ways to get involved, including hosing an intern, attending an event, sponsoring a scholarship or making a donation.

About the Foundation

The BOMA San Francisco Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to addressing the employment and training needs of the commercial real estate industry.  Foundation programs are supported through tax-deductible gifts.  Click here for comprehensive background information on the BOMA San Francisco Foundation.

Click here to contribute to the BOMA San Francisco Foundation.  For additional information on programs, including information on support through wills and bequests and formal recognition of gifts, contact:

BOMA San Francisco Foundation (EIN # 80-0757877)
233 Sansome Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94104
Marc Intermaggio, CAE, ExecutiveDirector/CEO or (415) 362-8567 x 117

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation is guided by a board of directors composed of senior BOMA members, industry representatives and others prominent in the commercial real estate community.

Chair:  Sandra Boyle, CPM, LEED AP, Cushman & Wakefield
Vice Chair:  Tawni Sullivan, RPA, CBRE

Howard Fish, Skyline Construction, Inc.
Alyssa Freeman, Boston Properties
Michelle Funkhouser, Hines
Richard Lee, LEED AP, Cushman & Wakefield
Linda Oubre, Dean, College of Business, San Francisco State University
Marsha Ramsey, RPA, Cushman & Wakefield
Steven Ring, RPA, CPM, LEED AP, Cushman & Wakefield
Mike Sanford, Kilroy Realty 

Thank You to our Sponsors

We thank our inaugural donors: BOMA International Foundation, Boyle Family Foundation, LBA Realty Charitable Foundation, and PG&E Foundation.