Firm Resume

Firm Resume


Brookhurst Development Corp     brings to the public-private development industry  over 160 years experience in the design, construction, development and financing of public agency facilities.   The professionals that comprise BDC  tout unmatched depth and experience in the area of public facility development.  Following are some of the key executives of the firm:


Jeff D. Baize
Chief Executive Officer

Jeff D. Baize is the founding principal of Brookhurst Development Corporation, a national development and government advisory firm that focuses exclusively on public facility solutions through public-private partnerships (P3s) and other alternative delivery methodologies.   Along with its affiliated company Brookhurst Capital Corp, the Brookhurst family of companies has been in existence and good standing since 1996.   With over 30 years experience in development and project finance, Mr. Baize is noted for his expertise in P3 developments and advisory work having participated in close to $5 billion in development ventures.   In California, he has been instrumental in the creation of new laws enabling governments to pursue alternative delivery projects including assisting the Office of the Governor on bill drafts, providing testimony on pending legislation at the State Capitol to the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, and, advising the State Allocation Board, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the State Assembly Committee on Local Government, the Administration Office of the Courts and the California Department of General Services on P3 delivery alternatives.   He has also advised elected officials and senior staff on P3 policy in the states of Arizona, Indiana, Washington, New Mexico, Texas and the Washington DC Board of Education.  At the local level he is involved with numerous local school districts, transportation districts, universities, county and municipal governments in assisting them chart new directions involving alternative delivery.    Mr. Baize is a frequent keynote speaker on alternative delivery methodologies at universities, seminars, conferences, and corporate events, and is a prolific writer of articles on P3 delivery including co-authoring of the book School Facilities Planning: A Guide to Laws and Procedures for Funding, Siting, Design and Construction wherein he authored the chapter on public-private school development methods pursuant to the California Education Code.   He is also recognized by the California court system as an expert on alternative delivery methods.  

In addition to its U.S. operations, he has worked internationally including advising the Peoples Republic of China in Shanghai on recapitalization of several of their landmark assets as well as providing investment banking services to Japanese companies in the sale of their U.S. holdings.   Brookhurst also contracted with Asia Pacific Capital Company representing Asian capital investors in the disposition of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San  Francisco and the acquisition of the Sheraton Grande in downtown Los Angeles.  Prior to his international endeavors, Mr. Baize was Vice President of Prudential Insurance Company overseeing the financing and equity investment transactions for the company’s $9 billion real estate portfolio in the Western United States.

Mr. Baize is a Registered Municipal Advisor with the SEC and MSRB, and a licensed real estate broker.  He holds Bachelor of Architecture and MBA degrees from the University of Texas, where he served as a faculty member teaching real estate project finance and development. He also conducted university studies in urban development at Oxford, England. He is an Associate Member with the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Design Build Institute of America.   He is Founder and President of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC), a national association of real estate finance, acquisition and development professionals. He is currently Chairman of the Public-Private Partnership Committee of the Western Council of Construction Consumers. 



Studies in Urban Development – Oxford University, England
MBA – University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Bachelor of Architecture – University of Texas, Austin, Texas


Memberships, Affiliations and Community Involvement:

  • Chairman, PPP Committee - Western Council of Construction Consumers

  • American Institute of Architects, Assoc. AIA

  • Faculty at University of Texas teaching courses in Real Estate Project Finance  

  • Member of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing  

  • Member of the California Association of School Business Officials

  • Member of the Community College Facilities Coalition

  • Member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts  

  • Founder and President of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC), a national organization of over 1,000 senior investment officers with chapters in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago

  • Author of numerous articles on real estate development and finance

  • Master's Thesis:  "Valuation Adjustment to Atypically Financed Real Estate Developments" - now part of the University of Texas library collection.

  • Co-author of two books on real estate, including School Facilities Planning: A Guide to Laws and Procedures for Funding, Siting, Design and Construction

  • Editorial Board Member of the National Association of Review Appraisers and Registered Mortgage Underwriters Journal

  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker

  • Raised close to half a million dollars for underprivileged children education charities


Keynote Speaker at the Following Conferences and Seminars:

  Western Council of Construction Consumers, Conference Chair - Sacramento, CA  
  AIA Large Firm Practices Committee - Los Angeles, CA  
  Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Oakland, CA  
University of Southern California  - Los Angeles, CA
  Saint Mary's University, Graduate Public Policy Program - San Antonio, TX  
University of California at Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA  
University of Texas - Austin, TX  
Northern California Carpenter's Union Conference, Oakland, CA
Grubb & Ellis Western Regional Investment Conference - Los Angeles, CA  
CBRE National Investment Conference - Los Angeles, CA  
National Appraisal Foundation - Los Angeles, CA
  Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) - Seattle, WA  
  Mortgage Banker's Association - San Diego, CA    
  California Assembly Committee for Local Government - Sacramento, CA  
  Western Council for Construction Consumers (WCCC) - San Diego, Irvine, Sacramento  
  Swinerton Builders National Executive Conference - Bastrop, TX  
  McCarthy Builders Pacific Northwest Conference - San Francisco, CA  
  University Health System - San Antonio, TX  
  Board of Education - Albuquerque, NM  
  Board of Education - Washington, DC  
  Counsel to the Judiciary; Sacramento County Superior Court System - Sacramento, CA  
  Senate Committee on Governance & Finance - California State Capitol  




James E. Baize

Mr. James E. Baize oversees Brookhurst Development's Midwestern operations  and manages the regional headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Mr. Baize has an extensive and varied background in real estate development, project management on construction funding through a family of companies he founded with offices in Colorado, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and the corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Baize Development Corporation and its affiliates developed hundreds of government and private projects in numerous Pacific Rim countries and throughout the United States for over 40 years.   So successful was his operations that in 1995 an international multi-billion dollar project management conglomerate acquired his companies.

Jim has been exemplary in his dedication toward community service by assisting a multitude of community organizations such as the Board of Education of Wayne Metropolitan School Corporation overseeing the financing of the Ben Davis High School, serving as Chairman of construction for the 10th Pan American Games, President of the Ben Davis Lion's Club and fund raising for both the baseball stadium construction at Marion College and 10th Pan Am Games.

But perhaps his greatest contribution to our country was his service in War World II when he was in the United States Navy  involved in four major invasions - Siapan, Tinian, Guam and Iwo Jima.   Jim was wounded numerous times, the most severely occurring when the LCVP he was navigating onto the shores of Iwo Jima was hit by a mortar killing all 38 marines on board.   Badly wounded, he continued to fiercely fight with the 4th Marine Division for seven more days until he was struck by yet another mortar putting him in the veterans hospital for the next seven months.   By the end of the war he had been awarded 23 medals.  Jim Baize's heroism is recognized in the Congressional Record (Baize War Record) Words of War Book.  

Jim is a frequent keynote speaker at numerous conferences events as well as speaking at a multitude of schools and community, trade and veteran organizations.   


B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Northwestern University
B.S. Nuclear Engineering – Purdue University





Lisa Kalustian
Director of External Affairs

As Director of External Affairs, Ms. Kalustian oversees Brookhurst's public affairs strategies and government relations.   Ms. Lisa Kalustian is an accomplished strategist with senior-level corporate and government experience in complex issues management, proactive and crisis communications, policy development and implementation, and media relations.  She has been an advisor to top-level leadership, including two California Governors.  

Serving as Chief Deputy Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she  built support for the Governor’s policy agenda, including land use and infrastructure development issues, as well as managing local issues, spearheading political campaigns, representing the Governor at hundreds of public events, and identifying candidates for Administration positions. Ms. Kalustian also served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Press Secretary for California Governor Pete Wilson, with a broad portfolio spanning legal, environment, agriculture, education, health, welfare, and immigration issues.

Earlier, as an associate with The Wessell Company, a community/government relations management and political consulting firm focused on land use, waste management and transportation issues, she handled account supervision, program and budget development, community relations, speakers’ bureau development, campaign supervision, and direct mail development and production.

During her career Ms. Kalustian was also Vice President of Public Affairs for Health Net, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health plans, overseeing public and media relations and communications for the California and Oregon divisions.  She also held communications and public affairs positions with the senior-level executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. 

Ms. Kalustian has been a frequent keynote speaker on California policy issues for a wide range of business, professional, community and educational forums.


  • Masters of Public Administration – University of Southern California

  • B.A. - University of California at Los Angeles

  • Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs




Bob Moreno
Managing Director

Mr. Bob Moreno is the manager of the Sacramento Office of Brookhurst Development.  Bob is an experienced financial advisor to the development industry and has been instrumental in several major development projects in Northern California.  He is presently a partner with Mr. Henry Cisneros and Mr. David Hill in the master planned development community, Parkebridge Communities, featuring 504 single family dwelling units.  He is also a partner in Greenfair Communities, a master planned community that will feature 300 single family dwellings and a variety of mixed use development including retail and senior citizen housing.   These development communities are located in the Natomas area of Northern Sacramento, and adjacent to UC Davis Medical Center in midtown Sacramento, respectively.

Mr. Moreno has also been a long time advocate and supporter of the area’s public education system as well as and established recognized leader in the Sacramento political community.  In these endeavors, Bob has served the Natomas Unified School District (NUSD) as a Member of the Executive Committee for their Measure M Bond Campaign.  He is also currently on the NUSD’s Budget Advisory Committee, and the District’s School Site Counsel.  Mr. Moreno is also a past President for the NUSD PTA.  He was also instrumental in convincing the NUSD Board of Trustees to pursue the lease leaseback development of the Inderkum High School, which resulted in an early delivery of the project while saving the District millions in costs.

Over the last three years, Mr. Moreno has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the schools and students of Natomas Unified School District.


Professional Experience:

Bob began his career in finance with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith in 1987.  He continued managing portfolios when he started Moreno Financial in 1993.  Bob brings his expertise in Capital Markets with Moreno Consulting and the complexities of the tax exempt market.



  • B.S. with Honors – California State University, Sacramento School of Business

  • Advanced Studies – Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Princeton, NJ

  • Securities & Exchange Commission – Series 7 Licensee




David Karina, Assoc. AIA
Project Director

With more than 35 years worth of experience as a Builder, Quality Control Manager, Project Inspector,  Inspector of Record and Educator for a wide range of project types for both public and private sectors in California, David Karina provides Brookhurst an unparalleled understanding of the operational imperatives of the industry as they impact large and small design and construction projects. David is highly experienced with all conventional delivery and alternative delivery systems, is a DSA Advisory Board Member, Past President twice for ACIA and most recently a member of the State Architect’s Task Force for Project Delivery, Field Improvement and DSA Proposed Draft Amendments for the 2016 California Administrative and Building Codes.  He is also professionally recognized with the AIA, OPSC, OSHPD, CASH, ACIA, Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and the Judicial Council of California (JCC). David was instructor for three years (2003-2006) teaching public facility construction inspection to more than 200 students at North Orange County Community College.


  • Coastline College, Inspection Technology

  • California State University - Long Beach, Business Administration

  • Orange Coast College - Construction Technology



  • DSA Class 1 Project Inspector

  • OSHPD Class A Inspector

  • ACIA Div II Building Inspector

  • CSI - Construction Document Technology

  • DSA Masonry Inspector

  • DSA Shotcrete Inspector

  • NITC Medal Gas Inspector

  • American Concrete Institute, Tech Grade 1

  • PTI Prestressed Concrete Inspector

  • CAFFA Fire Alarm Inspector


Affiliations & Memberships:

  • DSA Advisory Board Member (DSAAB)

  • American Institute of Architects

  • DSA Inspection & Testing Committee - Vice Chair

  • Cal-EMA Steering Committee & Certified SAP Trainer

  • DGS, Emergency Function 3 Advisory Council

  • International Code Council

  • American Construction Inspectors Association - Past President 2008 & 2010

  • National Fire Protection Association

  • Construction Specifications Institute

  • American Society of Engineers

  • Western Council of Construction Consumers



  • State Architect Citation - 2014

  • LAUSD Superintendent Appreciation - 2010

  • Cal-EMA Undersecretary Appreciation - 2014

  • AIACC - President Citation - 2013

  • ACIA President's Certification of Achievement - 2011

  • LAUSD Superintendent Appreciation - 2010

  • Cal-EMA Undersecretary Appreciation - 2010

  • ACIA Ed Grey Award - 2007

  • ACIA Inspector of the Year - 2006




Ray Rodriguez
Managing Director

As a lifelong educator and construction professional, Ray Rodriguez has helped numerous school districts and colleges improve their programs and facilities during his 20+ years in public education. As a highly recognized industry professional, Mr. Rodriguez has worked with major school districts and colleges to plan and deliver the facilities needed to educate tomorrow’s leaders.

During the course of his career, Mr. Rodriguez has served in a multitude of increasingly important positions including:  Teacher, Facilities Director, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Operations Officer, Director of Educational Services. Additionally, He has been a licensed general contractor since 1979.  Currently Ray is a founding partner of an affiliate of BDC, RMA Construction Services Inc. 

As a regular participant in State and National facilities organizations, Mr. Rodriguez has presented numerous seminars and workshops on various subjects dealing with public facility development. From managing private consultants, oversight of contracts and programming of new schools, he provides information on the latest trends and approaches to matters of concern for school districts.

Mr. Rodriguez has served as project manager for  the construction of  a variety of educational and other governmental facilities including pre-schools, elementary schools,  high schools, administrative headquarters and occupational centers.

Mr. Rodriguez has served on numerous state and local committees including successful school bond campaigns in the Rio Linda and Los Angeles Unified School Districts and he is a former member of the State Allocation Board Implementation Committee. Most recently he participated in a series of Office of Public School Construction  workshops to develop guidelines for the reduction of the costs of school construction.


MA – Point Loma College
BA – San Diego State University

Professional Experience:

Principal – RMA Construction Services, Inc. – Chief Operations Officer of a California based construction consulting firm.  Primary responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of the corporate office and overseeing all field operations.  Additional duties include strategic planning, budget development, staffing and business development.

Director of Facilities – Long Beach Community College District

Vice President, Educational Facilities Group – Senior manager for Parsons Brinkerhoff Construction Services, a California based Engineering and Construction Management firm. Primary responsibility was business development in the K-12 facilities market. Additional responsibilities include staff recruitment, development of strategic marketing strategies, proposal development and coordination, client relations, project tracking.