Derek Burnham has nearly 20 years experience in the urban planning and real estate fields in both the public and private sector.
Mr. Burnham started Burnham Planning & Development, an urban planning and real estate development firm, in October 2013. Burnham Planning & Development offers a wide range of services for real estate development projects, including site selection, property acquisition, due diligence, project management, entitlements and permitting, for projects throughout Southern California.
Since 2013, Burnham Planning & Development has assisted in the approval of nearly 1,000 residential units, facilitated the adaptive reuse of more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space, and provided services to more than 70 clients.
Prior to starting Burnham Planning & Development, Mr. Burnham served as the Planning Administrator for the City of Long Beach where he was involved in many high-profile projects and major land use policy efforts throughout Long Beach. Most notably, Mr. Burnham was one of the key staff members involved with the preparation of the award-winning Downtown Plan and Program EIR. Mr. Burnham was also responsible for overseeing all Planning Bureau functions including development project review and entitlement and permitting processes. In this role, he assisted with the approval of major projects, including Shoreline Gateway, Press-Telegram/Molina Healthcare, Golden Shore Master Plan, Douglas Park and many others.
In addition, Mr. Burnham served on the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Burnham previously served on the DLBA Public Realm Committee, where he participated in streetscape and public activation projects, and assisted with administering the Placemaking Grant Program, and coordinated the Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) that evaluated the Waterfront area of Downtown Long Beach.
Mr. Burnham attended the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy where he received a Masters in Urban Planning with an Economic Development concentration. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carroll College in Montana.