Victoria Salinas oversees efforts to maximize, measure, and communicate the impact of FUSE executive fellowships in communities across the U.S. To do this, she leads the strategy and execution of programming for fellows, alumni, and government partners. She also elevates the insights and best practices that enable urban communities to thrive so that local governments can learn from each other.
Victoria brings more than 15 years of public sector leadership to her role. She was chief resilience officer and deputy city administrator for Oakland, California, where she spearheaded planning, policy, and legislative efforts to address climate, disaster, and socio-economic vulnerability. At the World Bank, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United Nations, 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 a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She lives in Oakland, California, has two sons, and is married to a serial entrepreneur, who also serves on the board of Oakland’s Fairyland.