NAIOP SoCal and the Center for Real Estate at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Name Camielle Compton Chou as CRE-NAIOP SoCal Fellow

COSTA MESA, CA. (January 26, 2018) – NAIOP SoCal, the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate, and the Center for Real Estate at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business have awarded Camielle Compton Chou, senior management analyst, Santa Ana Homeownership Center (SAHOC), the prestigious NAIOP SoCal-CRE Fellowship.

The fellowship provides a combined learning experience to develop and prepare future real estate industry leaders. Awardees can enhance their formal education through a $7,500 financial award as well as attend NAIOP SoCal board meetings as a guest board member. Chou will apply the award to her studies at the Merage School where she is enrolled in the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program and is pursuing the Center for Real Estate’s MBA Certificate in Real Estate. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to pair classroom learning with real-world interactions. I expect that my real estate knowledge base will both broaden and deepen through this experience,” Chou shared.

As senior management analyst with SAHOC, Chou manages labor and employment relations for SAHOC. SAHOC is one of the four U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeownership centers. The center insures FHA mortgages, assures the quality of said mortgages, and supervises the sale of HUD properties.

Prior to her current position, Chou was a management and program analyst for the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Homeland Security. She also served as a presidential management fellow for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration. Chou received her bachelor’s degree from College of William & Mary and her master’s in public affairs from University of Texas, Austin.

James V. Camp, NAIOP SoCal 2018 president and Rockefeller Group senior vice president and regional development officer for the West Region added, “Each year I am excited by the caliber of young leaders who are chosen for this award. Camielle brings a strong depth of public sector experience to her role in real estate, further demonstrating the diversity of our industry and future leadership.”

As of December 31, 2017, the Center for Real Estate and NAIOP SoCal have partnered to award $67,500 in scholarships to deserving industry leadership candidates, helping to launch a number of very successful careers.

                 “We are pleased that these scholarships have made a significant impact in our recruitment efforts and enhanced the Merage School’s visibility in the professional community as a provider of advanced training and education in this field,” said Sharon Nakamura-Brown, associate director for the Center for Real Estate.

About NAIOP SoCal — NAIOP SoCal is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and comprises more than 1,000 members serving the counties of Los Angeles and Orange.  NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed use real estate, with more than 18,500 members in North America.  NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy.  For more information, visit

                About the Paul Merage School of Business at UCI –The Merage School offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to rank consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. The Center for Real Estate is one of seven Centers of Excellence at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business that was created in 2006 to provide the academic and business communities with a network of connections and opportunities for education, training and leadership development in the field of real estate.  The Center’s mission is to advance real estate knowledge through activities of teaching, research and industry outreach.  For more information about the Center, please visit

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