Our Purpose

The Tarlton Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting healthcare innovation and opening up pathways to opportunities in our local neighborhoods.


Our whole community (including our network of companies, investors, vendors, partners, neighbors, and citizens) moves forward collaboratively in activating and realizing astounding results.

Through new multidisciplinary research and innovation, all cancers have become curable or manageable diseases for both patients and their loved ones.

Students from our neighborhood schools are supported in their academic pursuits, leading to fruitful, lifelong careers.


Family Ties

Tarlton looks at the whole community (Employees, Companies, Investors, Vendors, Partners, Citizens, and Neighbors) as an extension of our family and are committed to supporting their success.


Because education is in the Tarlton DNA, learning is at the heart of everything we do.

The Long View

With our heritage in real estate development and investment, the Tarlton Foundation will always have a multi-generational mindset when we think about desired outcomes.

Giving Back

The Tarlton Foundation’s contribution goes beyond writing a check. We pride ourselves on our level of employee and tenant participation in volunteering and giving back to the community.

John Tarlton

John serves as the Chairman of the Tarlton Foundation’s board of directors. John is also President and Chief Executive Officer for Tarlton Properties and is responsible for the overall vision and strategy for the company and its portfolios. Under John’s leadership, Tarlton’s signature property – Menlo Park Labs – has become an in-demand destination for many scientists from Stanford and other universities on their path to commercializing medical breakthroughs.

A licensed Real Estate Broker, John is presently associated with NAIOP and a member of the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers. His community leadership includes serving on a number of local municipal boards, raising funds for the Cate School and GeoKids (USGS Daycare Center), as well as leading numerous Mid-Peninsula Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) projects.

John is also an avid endurance athlete, competing in extreme sports to raise money and awareness for cancer research at the Stanford Cancer Institute. In 2014 and 2019, he completed the 3,000-mile Race Across America.

John holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA, where he earned numerous engineering awards, including honors from the ASME, EPRI, ASHRAE, and NASA.

Elizabeth Krietemeyer

Elizabeth is President of the Tarlton Foundation and Senior Vice President of Operations at Tarlton Properties.  She is responsible for operations, leasing, and property management for the company’s life science portfolio in Silicon Valley, which is one of the top four life science markets in the world. Tarlton has more than 2.8 million square feet of biotech and life science properties currently managed or under development and 200,000 square feet of class A office space currently managed.

Since joining Tarlton in 2014, Elizabeth has acquired 1.6 million square feet of new properties and leased over one million square feet of commercial space to breakthrough life science companies, including Pacific Biosciences, GRAIL, and Intersect ENT. Elizabeth and her team currently support more than 70 biotech, medical device, and life science companies.

Elizabeth also leads Tarlton’s environmental, community and philanthropic efforts, including Menlo Park Rides, the company’s green initiative that encourages tenants to use public transportation and other eco-friendly commuting methods to get to work.

Elizabeth joined Tarlton after more than a decade of leadership in banking operations at U.S. Trust and Bank of America. She holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Central Florida.

Ron Krietemeyer

Ron is a member of the board of directors at the Tarlton Foundation. Ron is also Chief Operating Officer at Tarlton Properties. Ron is responsible for all aspects of company operations, including development, re-development, and property management activities for an extensive portfolio highly successful commercial properties.

With a broad background in research and development, medical device and manufacturing operations, lab management and safety, construction and design, and facilities management, Ron brings a unique set of technical skills and experiences to the Tarlton team. Ron works closely with each tenant to help them create the right infrastructure for success and is instrumental in supporting scientists as they transition from an academic research environment to a commercial lab setting.

Ron joined Tarlton Properties in 2012 after 15 years of operational leadership roles at multiple life science and technology companies, including Surromed/Nanoplex Technologies, Oxonica, Imara Corporation, and Auxogyn. Ron began his professional career in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power plant operator on a nuclear powered fast attack submarine.

Ron graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power Program.

David Johnson

David is a versatile and convergent thinker who has a long history in commercial real estate and housing development as a senior executive at three Fortune 500 financial institutions. Now in private practice, serving a broad spectrum of client types, he also draws heavily on his many years in local government where he specialized in economic development, planning, and building. In addition, he has extensive experience in public sector service as a former Chairman of the Menlo Rotary Community Foundation, past president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, Vice Chairman of the American Red Cross San Gabriel Valley Chapter and other positions at other charitable organizations.

Raymond Zhu

Raymond is the Tarlton Foundation's Treasurer and Senior Accounting Manager and Controller at Tarlton Properties, where he oversees all property accountants and A/P & A/R accountants. Raymond brings nearly 30 years of accounting management experience to Tarlton, with deep expertise in commercial and residential property accounting, construction development projects, real estate investment portfolios, and corporate budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. Raymond joined Tarlton in 2022 after more than a decade at Woodmont Real Estate Services, where he was responsible for the accounting operations of 42 commercial properties.

Our Board of Directors

John Tarlton

Elizabeth Krietmeyer

Ron Krietmeyer

John Tarlton

Elizabeth Krietemeyer

Ron Krietemeyer

David Johnson

Raymond Zhu

Our Community

The Tarlton Foundation and Tarlton Properties operate in several thriving communities in the Bay Area, including Menlo Park, Hayward, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Hayward, Union City, Pleasanton and more.