David Yancey has been deeply involved with rugby for over 40 years. He began playing at Stanford followed by almost 20 years with the Bay Area Touring Side Rugby Football Club (B.A.T.S.), winning multiple championships at the Monterey National Rugby Tournament, Aspen Ruggerfest, and a national club championship. Dave earned Pelicans, Poppies, and Team America select side honors. He continued to play old boy rugby for 20 plus years.
Past and present off-field rugby activities include Member of the US Rugby Foundation Board of Governors; co-Founder, Board Member and Development Chairman of the Stanford Rugby Foundation; President of the B.A.T.S Rugby Club; Administrative posts for the Northern California and Pacific Coast Rugby Unions; co-Founder of the Super League; Secretary and General Counsel of Team America. Dave is also the Founder and President of Opportunity Partners, a non-profit 501(c) (3) public charity organized to foster and conduct amateur sports competitions and to support and develop amateur athletes for competition in the sport of rugby football.
Dave has organized/run numerous rugby events, including the San Francisco 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s US Rugby Foundation/USA Rugby VIP Party; Stanford Alumni Game, Golden Gate International Rugby Tournament, North-South All-Star Game, Northern California Rugby Ball, An Evening of Tribute to Al Moss, Rugby Friday Nights at Kezar Stadium and numerous rugby team tours, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain, and Eastern Europe.
As a Stanford undergraduate, Dave was on the varsity water polo, rugby, boxing, and debate teams. At Stanford Law School, he was a member of the Stanford Law Review and interned for the California Supreme Court.
After law school, Dave practiced banking, real estate, and tax law in San Francisco before becoming the Owner, President, and General Counsel of Crown Capital. Crown is a commercial real estate private equity firm with operations in San Francisco and the West. Dave is a licensed attorney, real estate broker, and former California State Probate Referee and Appraiser.
Other past and present activities include National Defense Executive Reservist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Chairman, Stanford undergraduate, and law school classes; Member, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors; Member, Stanford Athletics Board; Member, Stanford Associates; Board Member, Rotary Club of Palo Alto, CA; President and Board Member, Palo Alto Rotary Endowment Fund, Inc.; Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow; and Eagle Scout. Dave resides in San Francisco with his wife and four children.