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Derek Burnham


Derek Burnham is primarily focused on the entitlements and permitting, site identification, and managing key civic relationships. Derek has more than 20 years experience in the urban planning and real estate fields in both the public and private sector.

Derek founded Burnham Development in 2013 where he has assisted on the entitlement and development of over 1,500 units of infill residential in Long Beach and surrounding cities, facilitated the adaptive reuse of over 100,000 square feet of commercial space, and nearly 500,000 square feet of industrial space. Derek also assists businesses with various aspects of the permitting process, and has provided services to nearly 100 clients.

Derek previously served as the Planning Administrator for the City of Long Beach where he was involved in many high-profile projects throughout Long Beach, including the preparation of the award winning Downtown Plan and program EIR. The Plan has led to nearly 5,000 new units of residential development in Downtown Long Beach.

Derek graduated from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy where he received a Masters in Urban Planning with an Economic Development concentration and also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carroll College in Montana.