Cristelle Blackford

Cristelle Blackford

Partner & Chief Engagement Officer
  • Oakland, CA

Cristelle is a community engagement specialist, post-it note enthusiast, and civic impact design nerd working to make government more effective, efficient, and equitable. She has 10+ years experience blending project management, community outreach, and collaborative problem solving across sectors.

She honed her project management and diplomacy skills at Google, where she spent five years working to improve account security and expand Google Earth Pro features. Cristelle later worked in the nonprofit sector, where she applied her project management skills to affordable housing development, nonprofit capacity building, and community organizing at TNDC and LISC.

Most recently, Cristelle worked as an urban planner and community engagement consultant for PMC, helping agencies across California listen more effectively to their communities. Among many projects, she emboldened a rural community in the Central Valley to conduct their own neighborhood outreach, designed a multi-method transit rider satisfaction survey for the City of West Hollywood, and facilitated a year-long community-wide visioning process for the City of Morro Bay.

Cristelle received a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, a Master’s of Science in Community Development from UC Davis, and is an IAP2 certified facilitator. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Building in San Francisco and is co-founder of the nonprofit Princess Zev – Books for Kids.

She lives in Oakland, where she plays in a band with her husband, bikes everywhere, and enjoys yoga classes and hikes with friends.

Education + Certifications

MS, Community Development | University of California, Davis, 2013

BA, Comparative Literature | University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Planning & Techniques for Effective Public Participation Certification | IAP2


Board of Directors, the Women’s Building

Board of Directors, Princess Zev – Books for Kids

Select Projects

City of Fremont, Smart City Action Plan, Project Manager

City and County of San Francisco, Public Voice Civic User Testing ProgramProject Manager

City of Thousand Oaks, Municipal Budget Engagement Program, Project Manager


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