Victoria Salinas leads the development and implementation of all FUSE programs in order to ensure the success of our projects, host agencies, fellows, and alumni. She brings more than 15 years of public sector leadership to her role at FUSE, having worked domestically and internationally in cities of all sizes to help communities recover in the face of climate change, disasters, and socioeconomic pressures.
Most recently, Victoria served as the chief resilience officer and deputy city administrator for Oakland, California. In that role, Victoria was responsible for working across departments and with local communities to develop Oakland’s strategy to tackle systemic challenges affecting the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to thrive in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks.
Previously, Victoria served at the World Bank, FEMA, and the United Nations, where she worked alongside officials at all levels of government to plan recovery efforts following major disasters. She also led federal interagency efforts to develop new policies and programs that now guide disaster recovery in the U.S.
Victoria has an M.S. in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.