Derek is most excited about developing projects that complement biking and walking near transit stations as he bikes to work every day. He loves deep diving into planning codes to find solutions for his clients.
Prior to joining BuildZig, Derek received his J.D. from Golden Gate University and spent several years working within government agencies on land use and water rights issues. These days, he still enjoys working with agencies – but negotiating planning and legal codes from the other side of the table.
Derek is a talented rugby player – he played at UC Berkeley during his college years – and you can still find him on campus these days playing at the club level. In his spare time, he coaches the Alameda high school rugby club. On weekends, he rides his bike around Oakland looking for Vietnamese pho noodle shops. Be sure to ask Derek where to find the best Pho in Oakland.