Alicia D. Polak

City of Oakland Planning & Building Department
Oakland, CA

ALICIA D. POLAK has 15 years of experience driving operations and building and scaling organizations, with a focus on meeting business objectives while addressing such issues as societal change, employability, and sustainable development. She specializes in change and project management, marketing, organizational development, supply chain, and logistics, and has worked for Merrill Lynch and BlackRock. She also teaches social entrepreneurship at The Wharton School, founded Kreate Advisors to advance social entrepreneurship, and founded The Khayelitsha Cookie Co., one of South Africa’s longest, continuously running social enterprises. A Fulbright Scholar, Alicia received a B.A. in journalism from New York University, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and an MPA and MBA from the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.



Oakland is working to improve the safety of its residents through more efficient building inspections and better enforcement of building codes. The city is partnering with FUSE executive fellow Alicia D. Polak to identify how best to leverage software solutions to support code enforcement and make pertinent safety information available to the public.