Our Chair

Joaquin Razo
2024 Metro EDGE Program Chair

Joaquin serves as Project Solutions Lead for the Blue Zones, LLC national team, supporting and leading team members as they transform well-being in communities across the United States. Prior, Joaquin served as Executive Director for Blue Zones Project Upper Napa Valley. Working with a dynamic team, Blue Zones Project works in community to build environments where the healthy choice, is the easy choice, by supporting the local population, policy advancement, and workplace and organizational systems. At the end of the day Blue Zones strives to build communities where we all live better, longer, together. Joaquin also served as the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce in Napa Valley. Working with over 200 member-businesses ranging from large international winery brands to small local boutique stores. Joaquin comes to us with over fifteen years of organizational planning/restructuring; non-profit fundraising; diversity, inclusion & belonging integration; and strategic planning.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, Joaquin has a passion for giving back to Northern California. He has served non-profits and various organizations in multiple roles from volunteer, staff member, consultant and board member, including United Way California Capital Region, University of San Francisco’s Latinx Alumni Society and Chair/Co-Founder of USF’s PRIDE Alumni, Vox Musica, Sac Metro Chamber Foundation, Sacramento’s Metro EDGE and more. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Management and was highlighted as a top graduating Changemaker. As well as a graduate of Gonzaga University with a master’s in organizational leadership with a concentration in Global Leadership. He was a Gonzaga scholar and given the opportunity to studying in Belgium with the Brussels European Forum sponsored by NATO headquarters.

Read Joaquin's "Letter from the Chair" to hear his goals for 2024 and why #ItsTime to for you to take advantage of all EDGE has to offer!