Oakland’s resilience journey

Oakland has a population of just over 400,000, and is home to Northern California’s busiest port.

The city is best known for its groundbreaking community partnerships. The Pacific Institute and Bay Localize have developed hazard mapping and outreach tools for community residents. Oakland has carried out multiple studies on impacts and vulnerability related to sea level rise and flooding, and an initial analysis of seismic hazards in soft-story housing.

The Oakland Climate Action Coalition, a network of around 40 local groups, led by and for low-income communities of color, has been an active and important partner in the city’s community-based climate resilience planning.

Oakland aims to foster this unprecedented community involvement to increase resilience and social and economic equality.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Alexandria McBride

Chief Resilience Officer

Alexandria McBride is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. As CRO, Alexandria leads cross-departmental initiatives to create a more equitable and responsive government, and engages community leaders and other stakeholders to build a more vibrant and connected Oakland for all.

Prior to this role, Alexandria was Director of Environment and Sustainability at ITI, a trade association based in Washington, DC, where she led energy policy advocacy for tech companies including Google, Apple, and Amazon.

Alexandria has also held leadership roles at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, an academic hub that solves environmental issues through design, policy, and social justice, and at Groundswell, a clean energy non-profit promoting equitable economic empowerment. Earlier in her career, Alexandria managed environmental remediation projects as a Project Manager for ExxonMobil Environmental Services.

Alexandria has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Howard University, and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

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