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City Administrator Fred Blackwell
Fred Blackwell was appointed City Administrator by Mayor Jean Quan effective March 4, 2014. An Oakland native, he holds more than 15 years of nationally recognized high-level leadership in the nonprofit and public sector and has a broad range of experience with development projects and community development.
Fred joined the City in 2011 as Assistant City Administrator with functional oversight of external service department and customer service initiatives.
Prior to his position in Oakland, Fred served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA). During his time at the SFRA, he led large scale developments including military base reuse, infrastructure investments, commercial developments, affordable housing production, and open space projects. In particular, some of his achievements include: adoption of the Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Redevelopment Plan (includes 10,500 new units of housing, millions of square feet of retail and commercial space and hundreds of acres of new parks to the Southeastern portion of San Francisco); design and implementation of an aggressive public housing revitalization effort that won a $30.5M Choice Neighborhood Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the production of more than 300 units of affordable housing annually. Before joining SFRA, Fred was the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, where he oversaw the City’s Community Development Block Program, focusing on economic and service-focused strategies to meet the needs of San Francisco’s low-income families and neighborhoods.
Fred has also served as the Director for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Initiative in Oakland, a multi-year, multi-million dollar neighborhood revitalization project aimed at improving outcomes for children and families in East Oakland. During his tenure, he launched a variety of programs and projects, including a revolving loan fund for affordable housing development, a countywide Earned Income Tax Credit campaign, and a collaborative effort focused on employment and asset development for low-income families. Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fred worked at The San Francisco Foundation where he was a Fellow in the Foundation’s Neighborhood Community Development program area and manager of a multi-million dollar effort funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to improve the physical, economic, and human conditions in West Oakland. He has served on boards including California Redevelopment Association, LeaderSpring, Leadership Excellence and Urban Habitat. Fred holds a graduate degree in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Morehouse College.