The Pinyon Group prioritizes social and environmental equity through the creation of thoughtful, contextual real estate developments with an emphasis on artfully designed sustainable urban housing at all income levels.

Our Ethos

We believe that intentional real estate development has the power to effect positive environmental, social, and policy change. Our values hold us accountable in our quest to influence positive change in all our pursuits.


We value truth, transparency and trustworthiness. Our word is our bond and our reputation is our greatest asset.


We recognize the vast disparities in access to basic resources (such as housing) and work diligently to create a diversity of equitable opportunities for all – both through our projects and through our advocacy.


We choose to stay small and focused to ensure that we can adapt quickly – and respond wisely – to inevitable change.


We are unwavering in our commitments to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and creative community-centered placemaking.

Our Partners

  • Century Housing
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • City of Los Angeles
  • Genesis LA
  • MR Real Estate
  • Related California
  • Thomas Safran & Associates
  • USA Properties Fund, Inc.

Our Focus

The Pinyon Group is deeply committed to addressing issues of social and environmental equity through thoughtful, contextual, and beautiful real estate projects. We excel at applying our creativity and expertise to leverage a multitude of policy and financing tools to achieve these ends.

Real Estate Development

We develop and invest in projects that leave the world in a better place than which we found it. We are passionate about good design, and are experts in creatively utilizing public-private partnerships, tax credit finance, tax-exempt bonds, and a variety of other forms of market-based public and  private financing (including impact investment and philanthropic initiatives) to bring worthy projects to fruition.

Advisory & Consulting

We offer our expertise and a sincere and informed “owner’s perspective” when working with our investors, partners, and clients on the acquisition, development, financing, management, and disposition of selective high-impact real estate projects. We prefer to stay small and nimble, and only work with select partners on their highest-priority initiatives.

Our People

Robert T. De Forest

Founder & Principal

Jay H. Stark


Kyle De Leon

VP of Finance

Michelle Morehead

Development Manager

Hollie Williams

Project Assistant


SVP of Barketing

Our Info

949 S. Hope Street
Suite 100
Los Angeles, California 90015

Phone: (213) 438-9008

The Pinyon is a beautiful and resilient evergreen tree that is able to thrive in harsh climates while producing a nutritious pine nut that has sustained human and animal populations since prehistoric times.