Member Spotlight - David Klein

October 23, 2020
Written by: David Klein
David Klein
Senior Vice President
Transwestern
Social Media:
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidkleincw/
 
Professional Background
David Klein is a commercial real estate broker in the San Francisco office of Transwestern as well as an inactive, but licensed, attorney in the State of California. His 30-year practice includes representing property owners and space occupiers in North America regarding office, retail, R&D, lab and land projects. David is also a co-principal with San Jose BioCube, a San-Jose-based laboratory incubator supporting the growth of life science companies. He is married with three children and resides in Burlingame.
 
CREW SF Background: 
David has been a member of CREW SF for one year and currently serves as the Finance Committee Liaison for the Rising Leaders Committee.
 
Q&A
How did you move up in your career?
I took my Dad’s advice – the harder you work, the luckier you get.
 
What advice do you have for women who wish to advance in their jobs?
My Mom’s advice - don’t take crap from anyone.
 
What do you like most about your job and/or industry?
Every day, I wake up every day not knowing where my money is coming from, so I have no choice – I have to put on my “game face,” and I enjoy game day.
 
What advice do you want to give a new CREW SF member?
First, network, network, network! Second, have lunch with someone new every day.
 
What has been the highlight during your membership with CREW SF?
For the first time in my professional life, I am in the minority and learning what it feels like to be the other voice in the room. As “the other,” it has deepened my point perspective from a new point of view and why I must do all I can to help women achieve complete equality in the workplace.
 
How has CREW SF benefitted you personally and/or professionally?
CREW helps me continue my work to level the playing field for women in the CRE business.
 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Martial arts.
 
What’s a fun fact that you’d like to share about yourself?
I love to work in the garden, although, I’m hardly a gardener.