Peter Bren Fellows in Entrepreneurial Real Estate

The UCLA Ziman Center is proud to present the Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows in Entrepreneurial Real Estate Program. The Bren Fellows Program has been established to augment the training of the most gifted and ambitious students pursuing real estate education at UCLA. Each year, an exclusive group of students will be chosen to serve one-year terms as Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows. Fellows will be selected for their entrepreneurial spirit, passion for real estate, academic accomplishments, leadership and service to the real estate program at UCLA.

The Peter Bren Fellowships are part of the Peter Bren Real Estate Entrepreneurship Studies Initiative, and are made possible by a generous gift from Peter M. Bren. Mr. Bren is the Chairman and President of KBS Realty Advisors, and is a member of the Founding Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.

Program Highlights

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    Honorific designation as a Peter Bren Distinguished Fellow
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    Assigned mentorship with a Ziman Center board member
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    Entrepreneurial leadership training, select internship opportunities, and targeted career planning and placement
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    An annual stipend award
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    A private dinner with Peter Bren, benefactor and chairman of KBS Realty
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    Complimentary admission to all UCLA Ziman Center events, including the invitation-only Ziman
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    The opportunity to work with UCLA faculty and industry vanguards in the development of future case studies for the Advanced Cases in Real Estate Entrepreneurship (MGMT298D-10) course

Program Requirements

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    Entrepreneurial real estate capstone project due at the end of spring quarter/semester. In preparation, Fellows are required to submit a one-page proposal outlining the scope and direction of the intended project.
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    A letter of appreciation to Mr. Peter Bren.

Application Guidelines

The program is open to any UCLA Anderson MBA/EMBA/FEMBA student or UCLA Law student who is entering the last year of his or her respective Anderson/Law graduate studies program. Students must display academic excellence and possess an active interest in real estate entrepreneurship.

Application Process


Academic Year 2015-2016:

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    To apply for the Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows Program, please complete the online application, which includes the following three parts:
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      Unofficial Transcript
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      Essay (500 word limit)
      Topic:  Discuss your real estate entrepreneurial vision, particularly your experience, interests, and/or ideas for innovation. Why would you be an exceptional candidate for this program?
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      Submit application materials by email to Sarah Mercurio at:
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    Application Deadline: May 15th, 2015
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    Decision Notification: Week of June 5th, 2015
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    Program Duration: Academic Year 2015 - 2016

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Mercurio
Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate | (310) 825-3329

Peter Bren Fellows

2014 - 2015

Jack Agresta

UCLA Anderson
MBA 2015

Patrick Devitt

UCLA Anderson
MBA 2015

Jake Richardson

UCLA Anderson
MBA 2015, JD 2015

2013 - 2014
Fellow School Degree
Beth Brody UCLA Anderson FEMBA 2014
Matthew Heidt UCLA Anderson EMBA 2014
Bradley Pearson UCLA Law JD 2014
Steven Serna UCLA Anderson FEMBA 2014
2012 - 2013
Fellow School Degree
Christopher Brandt UCLA Anderson MBA 2013
Brandt Hollander UCLA Law JD 2013
Julien Hoisington UCLA Anderson MBA 2013
Brad Pennington UCLA Anderson MBA 2013
Sean Sullivan UCLA Anderson MBA 2013