Cristian was born in Chile and came to the United States in the 70s. His passion lies in the evolution of cities, community building, and the integration of land uses and economic and social groups. After receiving a BS in urban and regional planning, he prepared community plans for areas impacted by Los Angeles’ civil unrest of 1992.
Since then, Cristian has been involved in housing and commercial development, tax credit syndication and asset management in Los Angeles. He has overseen the development of more than 774 affordable apartment units, primarily apartments with support services for residents with special needs. He has secured over $289 million in loans, grants and equity from both private and public sources.
During his time at CBH, Cristian has successfully transitioned the organization from the parent company into an independent housing developer, diversified the organization’s income stream, doubled the operating budget and completed the rehabilitation of CBH’s newly-purchased offices. Cristian is currently innovating new non-LIHTC tools to develop permanent supportive housing more quickly and economically.
Cristian brings to CBH a unique approach of creating homes, not units; creating communities, not projects. Cristian loves to spend time with his son, train tae kwon do, play chess, garden, barbeque, and look for UFOs.