Our areas of action are framed in the understanding that Chile and California are very similar geographically, so societies in both places share the same challenges. The stories and experiences provide the knowledge needed for decision-making, and often as a result, we know in advance what works and what does not.
The ongoing dialogue between the Chile California Council and the different stakeholders in the public, private, scientific and community sectors is a source of valuable material that can be useful to learning and development.
Established in 2011, the Chile-California Council (CCC) is a bi-national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, headquartered in San Francisco that promotes mutually beneficial relationships and the exchange of knowledge between in the public and private sectors in Chile and California.
Matías Alcalde is a Civil Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile with a diploma in Hydraulics Engineer. He was one of the founders of the NGO Costa Sur post-earthquake and tsunami of the year 2010, and later the GiveSurf Foundation which contributes to establish extracurricular educational programs based on surfing, in coastal communities of Chile.
He has worked as a water resources engineer, project developer, financial controller in Private Equity and Hotel manager (Hotel Alaia). He was Executive Director of the Punta de Lobos Foundation during the first 4 years, whose mission is to establish a Perpetual Conservation project on the coastal edge of Punta de Lobos and expand this model to safeguard the coastline of Chile.
Currently, he serves as Attaché of Chile in the General Consulate of San Francisco, leading the Chile-California Council, whose mission is to promote mutually beneficial relationships for Chile and California, from a public-private perspective, in topics related to Nature and People, from a scientific-technological point of view.