Chris Orlando

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Chris OrlandoCouncil Member

Term Expires: November 2018

(760) 744-1050, Ext. 3154 | Phone
(760) 744-9058 | Fax


Chris Orlando was elected to his first term on the San Marcos City Council in November 2006. During his time on Council, Orlando has advocated for passing the City’s Creek District and University District plans, updating the city’s more than 30-year-old general plan and zoning ordinance, and establishing principles of fiscal responsibility to keep finances strong.

Orlando has represented San Marcos on the board of directors for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and on the North County Transit District (NCTD) board of directors from 2007 to 2012, serving as the District’s chairman from 2010 to 2012. During his tenure as chair, he represented NCTD at SANDAG and has served on behalf of NCTD on the board of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) since 2010. 

Orlando has been an active part of the San Marcos community for more than 15 years. Prior to his election, he was vice chair of the San Marcos Planning Commission, serving from January 2005 to December 2006. He has also served on the board of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services. 

As a community member, he advocated for improved fire protection, smarter development and worked to add residents’ voices to city decisions. Orlando coached youth baseball in San Marcos and has been actively engaged in the local schools.  

Orlando has worked for more than 25 years in corporate communications, public relations and public policy. Currently the co-founder of a technology start-up company, Orlando holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Orlando is a LEAD San Diego graduate.

Council Member Orlando lives in San Marcos with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons.

Election History

Appointed to City Council, 2014
Re-Elected to City Council, 2010
Elected to City Council, 2006