Cristian was born in Chile and came to the United States in the 70s. His passion lies in the evolution of cities and their connection to housing. 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 tax credit syndication, housing development, 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. He has secured over $247 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 most recently completed the rehabilitation of CBH’s newly-purchased offices.
Before joining CBH, Cristian served for eight years as Director of Housing Development at Skid Row Housing Trust. The Star Apartments, an example of this work, contains 4 stories of prefabricated modular construction over a 15,000 square foot open space that offers a jogging track, basketball court, green spaces, and a library as well as retail space on the ground floor.
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.