Founded in 2005, Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc. is a small, boutique firm dedicated and focused solely on ensuring our California school district clients and other stakeholders engaged in school facilities:
▪ Understand, access, and maximize state, federal, and other funding programs for school construction;
▪ Have input on law and regulations that affect them; and,
▪ Have a knowledgeable representative advocating for their specific issues.
Our experience, commitment, and success in assisting clients across the state in maximizing school facility funding is unmatched. Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc. has a combined 96-year history of knowledge and experience in both the public and private sector in garnering grants for educational facilities. Our record of success on behalf of our clients is clear as we have obtained over $1 billion in school facility grant funding and avoided the return of millions of state grant funding through successful negotiations with the Office of Public School Construction and formal appeals to the State Allocation Board.
With decades of experience as civil servants working for the Office of Public School Construction and State Allocation Board, former and the current Principal at Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc. were all significantly involved at the executive, policy and regulatory level in creating and administering the current state facility funding programs. Members of our firm literally wrote and/or directed the writing of the majority of the regulations in effect today. We also have been directly responsible and instrumental in assisting districts in obtaining billions of dollars in school facility funding in the last 30 years as public sector employees. Our experience in the public sector gives us unique insight into the rules and regulations that drive a district’s financing opportunities, thereby maximizing them to their fullest.
Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc. offers clients dedicated and independent school facilities consulting services by focusing solely on navigating the extremely complex and highly-regulated grant programs.
Eligibility Determination for State and Federal School Facility Programs
Funding Applications for State and Federal School Facility Programs
Site and Plan Approvals from the Department of Education
Program and Project Funding Strategic Planning
Cost Estimation for State Projects
Project Expenditure, Audit, and Closeout Reviews
Facility Master Plan Assistance
Developer Fee Reports
State Funding Programs and Opportunities
Presentations to Schools Boards, Citizens Oversight Committees, and Other Constituent / Stakeholder Groups
Monitoring, analysis, and advisement on the activities of, and appeals to, the:
State Allocation Board
Office of Public School Construction
California Department of Education
California School Finance Authority
Department of Industrial Relations
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Christopher L. DeLong, President, brings over 21 years of school facility program experience with eleven years of public sector experience at the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) where he served in various capacities as he rose to management levels. Beginning his career with OPSC as a Project Manager, he soon was promoted to Project Management Supervisor for the Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties where he was instrumental in assisting the districts with maximizing eligibility and garnering funds for the construction and modernization of school facilities.
Mr. DeLong's extensive knowledge of the state school building programs and ability to problem solve to the benefit of his school district clients earned him a position on the OPSC Senior Management Team as the Policy Manager. This important and influential position involved the management and development of official OPSC / State Allocation Board (SAB) positions on all proposed legislation that affected the various school facility programs administered by the SAB. In this capacity, he also provided technical expertise to legislative committee staff on the state school facility funding programs.
Mr. DeLong became known to the wider school construction community through his extensive participation on the SAB Implementation Committee where he directed and participated in the development and presentation of significant state policies and regulations on many diverse facilities programs such as the Overcrowding Relief Grants, Charter School Facilities, Career Technical Education Facilities, Seismic Mitigation, Emergency Repair, and Federal Renovation Programs.
In addition, Mr. DeLong was responsible for orchestrating the development of appeals and the crafting of special reports on public policy issues that were presented to the SAB.
Since his tenure at Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc., Mr. DeLong has garnered approval for over $700 million in various School Facility Program funds and over $350 million in Emergency Repair Program approvals for our clients working closely with the California Department of Education, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Division of the State Architect, OPSC/SAB, and other state agencies.
Mr. DeLong earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in architecture from the University of California, Davis. During his studies and after graduation, he worked in the design field for UC Davis before joining the government sector.
Jessica Love, Director, has nine years of experience working as both a project manager and program analyst at the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) where she regularly worked with client school districts to establish, adjust, and review eligibility and requests for funding in the various School Facility Programs. In addition, Ms. Love most recently worked with the Policy and Specials Team of the OPSC where she reviewed and processed facility hardship and appeal requests to the State Allocation Board.
Ms. Love also has an extensive background in the implementation of legislation and administrative regulations as she assisted in the development of the Critically Overcrowded Schools Program that was created as a result of the passage of Proposition 47 in 2002.
Ms. Love holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis.
Kelly Long, Director, has 16 years of public service with the State of California and has experience in a broad range of grant programs, regulatory issues, and procurement. Most notably, Kelly has over five years of experience working at the OPSC where, as a School Facility Program Analyst, Kelly assisted large and small school districts across the State with eligibility determinations and funding requests for modernization and new construction.
Kelly was a key participant in the development and administration of the Career Technical Education Facilities Program and routinely presented proposals to the State Allocation Board Implementation Committee. Kelly also approved requests for site acquisition, analyzed legislation, reviewed facility hardship applications, and drafted appeals to the State Allocation Board.
Mr. Long holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology and a minor in Geology from the University of Utah.
Wesley Hofmann, Associate, hails from the Silicon Valley where he lived his entire life. Wesley brings a fresh new perspective to our firm. Wesley previously spent 13+ years working at a restaurant delivery company in Sunnyvale, California. He started in
the customer service department and later worked as the Account Manager. He is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to the new challenges, opportunities, and rewards of working in the school facilities arena.
Mr. Hofmann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University.
Hancock Park & DeLong, Inc.
Former Principals: Stephanie Gonos, Luisa Park, & Bruce Hancock
We are located in midtown Sacramento at:
1722 J Street, Suite 224, Sacramento, CA 95811
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