Building
the Future

Red Hook Capital Partners is a real estate investment and development firm working with schools and organizations to create their permanent homes.

Services

Red Hook can usher you from project start to the first day of school, or provide a more targeted set of services.

Turnkey

We buy the land, build the space and help you own it

Development

We build the optimal facility for your needs

Financing

We provide financing so you can build

Process

We know that every school faces a unique set of challenges. We help chart the best course of action to have a successful build.

1 Review

We review our schools’ financials, academic record, management team and competitive landscape. Once we understand its strengths and weaknesses, we create a plan that serves the school, its faculty and its students.

2 Site Search

With property identified and under contract, we work with the school on entitlement and development plans. Our team is deeply experienced with the challenges that arise, and we will drive the effort to resolve conflicts.

3 Develop

In partnership with the school, Red Hook manages the execution of the development plan. With years of construction experience, our team of building experts can save time, money and reduce risks.

4 Lease

Red Hook provides an open-book lease negotiation process. We then act as the landlord and the school is the proud new tenant.

5 Purchase

We want you to own, and we will work with you to buy your building when you’re in the best position to do so.

David Hyun

Partner

David’s knowledge of charter school real estate development is unsurpassed. Since 2009, he has developed and financed over 25 charter schools — totaling over $300 million in investment — using conventional bank loans, new market tax credits, tax exempt bonds, and various state bonds. In two decades, he’s touched all aspects of the real estate cycle, from investment to construction and development to property management and corporate accounting.

Prior to joining Red Hook Capital, Mr. Hyun worked for Westfield, Trammell Crow Company, Playa Capital Company (Playa Vista Master Development), and most recently he served as the CFO/COO at Alliance College Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles.

Craig Underwood

Partner

Craig Underwood’s two-decade journey in public finance led him to launch Red Hook Capital Partners in 2013. He has oversight over all financing and fiscal guidance that the firm offers, guiding clients through the treacherous waters of institutional real estate development.

Craig’s background includes serving as the chief executive of the BLX Group LLC (BLX), a leading public finance advisory and consulting firm for the past 20 years. Under his leadership, BLX has grown into a national firm with five offices across the country, representing hundreds of state/local governmental agencies and not-for-profits, including various charter school organizations. During his career, he has overseen debt, derivative and structured financial product transactions totalling over $40 billion in principal/notional amounts.

Enrique Diaz

Vice President of Real Estate

Enrique has more than 20 years of planning, design and management experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He has developed numerous charter school projects throughout Southern California for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools and other CMOs.

Enrique is a LEED AP, NCARB Certified, licensed architect in the State of California, and a member of the Design Review Board for the City of Whittier. He previous worked with Keller CMS, Warmington Homes California and ASC Property Management.

Marisa Quintanar

Vice President

Marisa brings a deep understanding of school and community needs to Red Hook. She is the former business development manager for EdTec-Southern California, a back office operations provider that works with public schools around the country. She also served as the Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). In this capacity, she represented over 250 schools throughout the greater LA area and helped over 80 schools as they navigated the Prop 39 process.

Marisa previously worked for the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), a non-profit housing developer that provides wraparound services for low-income Boyle Heights residents. She started her career as a high school English teacher at El Monte High School.