Chris Orlando was elected to his first term on the San Marcos City Council in November 2006. During his time on Council, Chris has advocated for smart growth, updating the city’s more than 30-year-old general plan and zoning ordinance, and establishing principles of fiscal responsibility to keep city finances strong.
Chris has represented the city on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Association of Governments as the city's primary member and first alternate since 2014. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the North County Transit District’s Board of Directors, serving as chairman from 2010 to 2012 and vice chairman from 2009 to 2010. Before his election to the Council, he was vice chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, serving on the panel from January 2005 to December 2006.
Chris has been an active part of the San Marcos community for 16 years. As a community member, he advocated for improved fire protection and smarter development, and worked to add the citizens’ voice to city decisions. Chris is a strong advocate for our schools and improving our infrastructure - opposing projects that add to our crowded schools and bring more traffic. He has previously served on the boards of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services.
Chris has worked for nearly 25 years in business and corporate communications. In 2014, he co-founded a successful technology start-up and currently helps lead the business development, communications and investor relations for the company. Chris holds an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a LEAD San Diego graduate.
Chris lives in San Marcos with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons, who attend San Marcos High School.