San Francisco is a worldwide tourist destination, houses 30 of the world’s largest financial institutions, is a major technology hub for biotechnology and Internet commerce and has a history of devastating earthquakes and fires. San Francisco has a notably diverse population, and is also a vital link for air, sea, and ground transportation. The city’s innovative use of financing and building codes has dramatically improved building safety, and their use of social media to educate and motivate the public has influenced residents to take important steps in advancing their personal resilience.


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Resilience Challenges

  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Heat Wave
  • Wildfires

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Patrick Otellini is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Otellini was originally appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in October 2012 as the Director of San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program. This public policy driven group has recently passed unanimously approved pieces of legislation that range from mandatory retrofits of soft story building to post-earthquake repair standards. All of these require innovative seismic solutions before and after earthquakes, with the goal of making San Francisco more resilient in the face of disaster.

Prior to his appointment Mr. Otellini was a Senior Associate with A.R. Sanchez-Corea & Associates, San Francisco’s premier permit and code consulting firm. His work there included the management of the permit and inspection process for over $2 billion worth of construction in San Francisco, with projects ranging from the Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St to the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall at 845 Market. He is a Certified Building Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC) and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Outside of work he serves on the Board of Directors at the San Francisco Zoo and serves as a member of the steering committee for San Francisco’s new Veterans Memorial Monument, which broke ground last month. Patrick lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westmont College in Political Science.

Snapshot of San Francisco

  • 825,863

    Population as of 2012

In The Media

Bigger Than the Big One

Imagining an 8.5 magnitude quake, this piece from RiskandInsurance considers how SF and the Bay Area could handle a disaster on this scale.

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