Cristian was born in Chile and came to the U.S. in the late 1970s. His passion lies in the evolution of cities, community building, integration of individuals of all socio-economic strata, sustainability, environmental resiliency, and ending homelessness. Cristian’s primary goal today is to advance new, faster, and more economic models of housing that do not rely on the utilization of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Over the last 20 years, he has overseen the development of more than 1200 affordable apartment units, primarily apartments with support services for people who have experienced homelessness, and households with special needs. He has secured over $400 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, Mental Health America of Los Angeles, into an independent and strong housing developer, diversified the organization’s income stream, and created a new non-LIHTC department to bifurcate housing production.
Cristian brings a unique approach of creating homes, not units; creating communities, not projects. He received a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona during the inaugural year of the discipline. He loves to spend time with his son, Diego, train Tae Kwon Do, play chess, garden, barbeque, and look for UFOs.