Christopher L. DeLong, President and Principal, 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, Associate, 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, Associate, 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.