Oakland Office of the City Administrator
VERONIKA COLE holds over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of fields supporting community development and social services in disadvantaged communities. She has held leadership positions in the areas of youth development, child care administration, home care for the elderly, mentally ill and/or disabled, affordable and supportive housing and services for the unhoused. Most recently, while working with the City of Alameda, Veronika coordinated a grant application successfully receiving approximately $12.25 million in State funding to construct 47 units of interim supportive housing for the homeless. In this role she also supported the City’s response to homelessness and provided support for the City’s Alameda Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. In a role prior to this one, she provided over five years of leadership for services promoting the social determinants of health for 28 affordable and supportive housing projects. This role included helping staff and residents adapt to pandemic conditions. She is on the Board of Directors for a small arts nonprofit established in 1962 and has served as chair of the Children’s Fund Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the City of San Francisco. Veronika holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
The City of Oakland is dedicated to becoming a leader in responding to the climate crisis through ambitious policy and racially equitable implementation plans. The FUSE Executive Fellow will partner with FUSE to identify and assess the feasibility of establishing Resilience Hubs in Oakland’s frontline communities, helping residents mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis in ways that improve racial equity across the city.