John Buchanan serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Tustin. Over the course of his 15-year tenure, he has been responsible for the planning and development of City-owned properties at Tustin Legacy. Tustin Legacy is a 1,600-acre master-planned community that is being developed on land formerly known as Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin. To date the City has committed 750 total acres to development including completed projects and in progress planning for single family housing neighborhoods, multifamily and affordable housing, lifestyle centers, non-profit and education facilities as well as state-of-the-art commercial office development. In addition to his work on Tustin Legacy, Buchanan’s responsibilities include negotiating and structuring transactions and advising on financing issues.
Prior to joining Tustin, Buchanan was with P2 Economics, a real estate economic and financial consulting firm. He has also served in economic development, redevelopment, and planning capacities with the cities of Anaheim and Pasadena, and as the Director of Economic Development for the State of Nevada. While in Nevada he served on the board of Regents for the University of Nevada System. He is a member of ULI where he serves on the Public/Private Partnership Council. Buchanan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University.