Chris O’Connor



Chris O’Connor currently serves as the Senior Associate for Transportation and Housing for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role he works with both public and private stakeholders throughout the region, in order to shape decision-making related to transportation infrastructure, housing development and related funding initiatives.

Before joining the Leadership Group, Chris lived in Washington D.C. and served as a Senior Consultant for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. There he helped lead the development of bilateral agreements and U.S. policy for WMD events abroad. Prior to the State Department, Chris served on the staff of California Congressman Dan Lungren, managing a diverse policy portfolio while working in both the Washington D.C. and Sacramento County Offices. Chris brings years of expertise in community relations, intergovernmental affairs and public policy.

Chris holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Government from CSU Sacramento. He and his wife live in San Jose, are both native Northern Californians and Sacramento State alumni.