As Chairman, Mr. Chang is responsible for the direction of the company. He started his real estate career in property management, starting as a janitor, then maintenance man and then onto management.
He then went on to start Government Community Advocates (“GCA”) specializing in real estate development entitlement work, representing many of the largest real estate developers in California, such as Shorenstein Companies and TMG Partners.
After learning the real estate development business at GCA, Mr. Chang re-joined Westlake to help grow the family’s real estate development business. A sampling of his projects include the following: 909 Montgomery Office Building (office building in San Francisco, California), Wine Country House (retirement center in Sonoma, California), Gold Country House (retirement center in Vallejo, California), and Leisure Gardens (retirement center in Vacaville, California).
Mr. Chang has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a member of YPO Gold, Northern California.
Kristina serves as the President of Westlake Realty, Westlake Urban, and Westlake International. She manages operations and helps set the strategic direction for all three companies. She brings to Westlake a depth of experience in all aspects of the real estate business including portfolio management, acquisitions, and property management.
Prior to Westlake, Kristina held various operational positions with several consumer companies including Frends, RAEN Optics, and VNDA. Kristina also served as a senior analyst at Equity One (NYSE:EQY) where she worked on acquisitions, dispositions, and portfolio management.
Kristina holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and received her bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College. Kristina is a member of YPO San Diego.
Lino joined the team in early 2018 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Westlake companies, including Westlake Realty, Westlake Urban, and Westlake International. He oversees all financial operations, including accounting, tax planning, forecasting, and cash-flow monitoring.
Lino brings with him twenty years of experience in the real estate industry, with knowledge of multi-family residential, single-family residential, office, retail and mixed use. Most recently before joining Westlake, Lino served as the Chief Financial Officer for Dwell Finance, which was sold to B2R, a unit of Blackstone in 2015. Prior to Dwell Finance, Lino was the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Carmel Partners, a premier full-service real estate company that specializes in acquisition, development, renovation, and management of multi-family assets. His responsibilities included oversight and management of the long and short-term cash flow planning for four active funds in various stages.
Before his time at Carmel Partners, Lino was an integral member of the Lennar Corporation’s Bay Area Urban Division. While at Lennar (NYSE:LEN), he managed the financial performance of a diverse Bay Area portfolio, including some of the region’s largest master planned and mixed-use communities. Prior to Lennar, Lino began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he served several clients in the real estate industry.
Lino graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from San Francisco State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).
As Chief Operating Officer, Jessica oversees operations across Westlake’s asset management, real estate services, leasing functions, investment and joint venture opportunities, and development projects. Jessica joined Westlake as the Senior Vice President of Portfolio and Asset Management and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in July of 2018.
Prior to joining Westlake, Jessica served as Vice President, Real Estate Services for Westcore Properties, a commercial real estate investment company, where she was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, and portfolio operations. Before that, she spent 14 years at the RMR Group, (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company primarily focused on real estate related businesses. Jessica held a variety of positions at RMR, starting out as a property manager and eventually serving as Area Director with responsibility for oversight of real estate leasing and day-to-day portfolio operations for RMR’s Western Region.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Franklin Pierce University. Click here to read more about Jessica’s background.