Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Brian Strong as San Francisco’s second Chief Resilience Officer. The Chief Resilience Officer works under the supervision of City Administrator to oversee City policy and implementation on resilience, including the Capital Planning Program, Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and Lifelines Council.
“San Francisco’s leadership on resilience is an example for our nation. As City Administrator I established the Lifelines Council to bring public officials together with academic experts, members of the public and private utilities and ensure a swift recovery for San Francisco after the next significant event,” said Mayor Lee. “Brian Strong created the City’s Capital Plan and brings more than a decade of proven leadership to this vital resilience work. I am pleased to announce his appointment as San Francisco’s Chief Resilience Officer.”
About Brian Strong
As the Director of the San Francisco’s Capital Planning Program, Brian Strong is responsible for the City’s $32 billion 10-year Capital Plan and its $450 million capital budget. Brian created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $2 billion in General Obligation bonds specifically addressing earthquake safety and resiliency. Brian has also implemented a number of innovative resiliency programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure, including the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program, the nation’s first Sea Level Rise Guidelines, and the first building-by-building HAZUS assessments to evaluate facility performance, economic impacts, casualties, and other risks associated with earthquakes. Brian currently chairs the Sea Wall Finance Working Group to identify funding to seismically strengthen the Great Sea Wall that runs from Aquatic Park to the AT&T Park.
Under Brian’s leadership, the Capital Planning Program received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He also serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to disadvantaged communities. Brian has a master’s degree in intergovernmental management from USC and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.