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100 RESILIENT CITIES

San Francisco is a city that knows disaster

it’s been victim to major earthquakes for the past 200 years, including one that started a fire that burned down 80% of the city.
So it’s appropriate that San Francisco is home to the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).
Meet Patrick Otellini, San Francisco’s new Chief Resilience Officer.

Each of the selected 100 Resilient Cities will appoint a CRO,

a top-level adviser who works across various city agencies and with the community to establish and implement an innovative resilience plan for his or her city.

Patrick has spent a decade in the disaster preparedness sector, most recently as San Francisco’s director of earthquake safety — a vital position in a city that seismologists forecast has a 67% chance of a major earthquake in the next 25 years.

Now two months into his job as San Francisco’s inaugural CRO, Patrick has a lot of ideas for how his city will increase its resilience and collaborate with the other members of the 100 Resilient Cities network.