Oakland’s Resilience Journey

The city of Oakland released its Resilience Strategy on October 10, 2016. Explore the strategy here.

Oakland’s Resilience Story

Oakland has a population of just over 400,000, and is home to the area’s busiest port. The city is best known for its groundbreaking community partnerships. For example, the Pacific Institute and Bay Localize have developed hazard mapping and outreach tools for community residents. The Oakland Climate Action Coalition, a network of around 40 local groups, led by and for low-income communities of color has been an active and important partner in the City’s community-based climate resilience planning. Oakland has done multiple studies on impacts and vulnerability related to sea level rise and flooding, and an initial analysis of seismic hazards in soft-story housing. The city aims to foster its unprecedented community involvement to increase resilience and social and economic equality.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Crime / Violence
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Financial / Economic Crisis
  • Fire
  • Homelessness
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Health Systems
  • Insecure Municipal Finances
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Investment
  • Liquefaction
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Riot / Civil Unrest
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Storm Surge
  • Unemployment

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland's CRO

Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland.  She has experience in both the public and private sectors focused on urban innovation.  Ms. Jain served as Chief Strategy Officer for Neighborly, a venture-backed company modernizing public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live, and play.  Prior to Neighborly, Kiran served as a senior deputy city attorney for the City of Oakland focused on land use, urban redevelopment and municipal governance, where she pioneered a partnership between Kiva Zip and the City of Oakland to crowdfund local economic development.

From 2010 through 2013, Kiran served on the board of Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities.  Kiran also served as the founding attorney for Kiva, a nonprofit microfinance platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Kiran has an A.B. in economics and minor in environmental science from Barnard College, a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.

Snapshot of Oakland

  • 401,740

    POPULATION AS OF 2012

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  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Crime / Violence
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Financial / Economic Crisis
  • Fire
  • Homelessness
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Health Systems
  • Insecure Municipal Finances
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Investment
  • Liquefaction
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Riot / Civil Unrest
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Storm Surge
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