David Yancey has been deeply involved with rugby for over 40 years. He began playing at Stanford followed by almost 20 years with the B.A.T.S., winning two national club championships and earning Pelicans, Poppies and Team America select side honors. He continues to play old boy rugby.
Past and present off field rugby activities include: Stanford Rugby Foundation co-founder, development chairman and board member; president of the B.A.T.S.; administrative posts with Northern California and Pacific Coast Rugby Unions; co-founder of the Super League and secretary/general counsel for Team America.
He is also the founder, president and a trustee of Opportunity Partners, a non-profit 501(c) (3) public charity organized to foster and conduct amateur sports competition and to support and develop amateur athletes for competition in the sport of rugby football.
Dave has also organized and run numerous rugby events, including, the Stanford Alumni Game, Golden Gate International Rugby Tournament, the North South All Star Game, the 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.
He is the owner, president and general counsel of Crown Capital, a commercial real estate private equity firm with operations in San Francisco and the West.
As a Stanford undergraduate, he was on the varsity water polo, rugby, boxing and debate teams. At Stanford Law School, Dave was a member of the Stanford Law Review and clerked for the California Supreme Court.
After law school, he practiced banking, real estate and tax law in San Francisco before founding his company, Crown Capital. He is a licensed attorney, real estate broker and former California State Probate Referee and Appraiser.
Other past and present activities include: Board Member, Rotary Club of Palo Alto, CA; President, Palo Alto Rotary Endowment Fund, Inc.; Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow; National Defense Executive Reservist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School; Chairman, Stanford undergraduate and law school classes; Member, Stanford Associates; Member, Stanford Founding Grant Society; Eagle Scout.Dave resides in San Francisco with his wife and four children. His three sons play rugby.