Oakland City Administrator's Office
CHRISTOPHER VELASCO has served in a diverse set of roles across the planning spectrum in both private development and municipal contracting. These include specializations in carbon-negative buildings, water, affordable housing, and land-use planning. As a seasoned urban planner, he combines this experience with his deep interest in policy development. Under a consultancy he founded, he administered dozens of discretionary permits and over 200 housing units and assisted in raising over $13 million in competitive and over-the-counter grants from state and federal sources. Christopher earned a BA in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
As climate change advances, the City of Oakland seeks to build residents’ resilience to both natural and man-made disasters. It is particularly focused on empowering BIPOC and frontline communities’ ability to cope with shocks and stresses at the individual, household, and community level. The FUSE Executive Fellow will update the City’s Sea Level Rise Road Map and contribute additional analytical and implementation support to its comprehensive vulnerability and adaptation planning efforts.