CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kristina joined Westlake in 2014. After serving as a Principal at Westlake International for two years, Kristina assumed the role of President of Westlake International, Westlake Realty, and Westlake Urban. In 2022, Kristina became the Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, operations and investment performance of all three Westlake 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 (since acquired by Regency Centers Corp., NYSE: REG) 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. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys investing in and supporting early stage companies. She currently serves as a Manager for the Little Joe Fund and continues to invest in early stage companies with Westlake International.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lino joined the team in early 2018 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Westlake companies, including Westlake Realty, Westlake Urban, Westlake Wave Co., 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).
John Dascomb Ph.D.
ENGINEER IN RESIDENCE
Dr. Dascomb is a mechanical engineer with over 15 years of experience designing complex energy systems. As Westlake's Engineer in Residence, John manages the design and fabrication process for all physical products. He is a co-founder of Westlake Wave Co. where he currently serves as the Chief Technical Officer.
Prior to joining Westlake, John served in senior engineering roles at Southern California Design Company, Interra Energy, and XR Sciences.
John received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University where he specialized in renewable energy. John's work included reducing the cost of solar thermal energy and studying hydrogen generation via thermo-chemical conversion of biomass.
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 and is the former Chairman of U. S. Rugby Football Union. He also served on the Board of the Asia Foundation and San Francisco Port and Social Services Commissions.