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Fernando Santillan serves as the Community Development Director for the City of Avenal, California. In this role, he is in charge of City Planning, Development Services, Economic Development, Housing Programs and Grant Writing activities for the 13,000-resident community.
With a degree in Business Administration (Finance) from California State University, Northridge, Fernando’s professional background includes previous roles in the non-profit, private, and public sectors. He is also a former web developer and is passionate about entrepreneurship and the opportunities for empowerment that it presents. Among his favorite historical and present public figures are Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Yunus, and Pope Francis.
Fernando enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid soccer player, Spartan Racer, and snowboarding enthusiast. He also enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking in Yosemite National Park.