In November 2010, Ceres small-business owner Anthony Cannella was elected to represent the 12th District in the California State Senate.
Anthony currently serves as vice chairman of the Transportation and Housing Committee and powerful Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. During his first term in the State Senate, Anthony helped enact reforms that will create new jobs, make neighborhoods safer, and increase funding for local schools by up to $2700 per student. During his term as vice-chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Anthony authored a measure to build new water storage facilities so farms will always have the water they need to keep our people working. Anthony also authored a measure that would fund efforts to clean up our drinking water. Anthony is an independent-minded legislator who will work across party lines to help improve the lives of those he represents. He uses his skills as a trained engineer to save tax dollars and cut government waste. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Anthony served on the Ceres City Council and was twice elected mayor of that city. Under his leadership, the City of Ceres repeatedly produced balanced budgets, and built financial reserves exceeding twenty-five percent of its annual budget by cutting costs, and streamlined decision-making to make government more efficient. Raised with an appreciation for public service that he learned from his father, former Assemblyman Sal Cannella, Anthony is a lifelong Central Valley resident. Anthony is a civil engineer, and has founded two successful engineering businesses. Anthony and his wife Julie have four children.
Mr. Cooley was elected to the State Assembly in November, 2012. He was appointed as the Assembly representative to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission by Speaker John A . Perez in 2013. This, however, was not his first time on the Commission. Prior to his tenure in the Assembly, Mr. Cooley served to represent California’s Cities on the Commission when he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007.
Mike Gardner is the Ward 1 Councilmember for the City of Riverside. Riverside is a city of about 325,000 located in Inland Southern California. Mike was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
Mike is Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Vice Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee and a Member of the Utility Services, Land Use, and Energy Development Committee and the Nominating and Screening Committee. He has been a member of the Seismic Safety Commission since 2010. Mike represents the City on the March Joint Powers Authority, the Southern California Association of Governments Energy and Environment Committee and on the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency. Mike holds a BS with a dual major in Anthropology and Geography from U. C. Riverside. He spent 23 years with Southern California Edison Company, beginning as an archaeologist; the first hired by an electric utility in the country. During his career at Edison Mike worked in Environmental Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Public Affairs, Customer Service and Economic Development. Since leaving Edison Mike has assisted local companies with his business and management expertise in a series of short term “fix it” assignments.
Randy’s 30 years of experience in building, architecture and park and open space development arena began with his studies in architecture in the Big Sky Country of Bozeman, Mt.
Randy has used his BA and MA Degrees in Architecture from Montana State University, Bozeman, Mt., and his California General Contractors License to serve multiple private clients prior to his current work for the City of West Sacramento as Architectural Projects Manager, City Architect and Building Official. Randy served as one of the team leaders for West Sacramento’s team of residents, staff and other agency partners to develop the program, design and construct the new Community Center and Civic Center campus that includes the City Hall, Community College, Library, Community and Transit Center. His affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), California Building Officials (CALBO), Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials (SVABO), and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Randy is a commissioner serving on the California Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, and is the Past President of SVABO.
Mia Marvelli, Commissioner: Marvelli, a licensed Architect, is the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) Executive Director. Marvelli joined CBSC in 2012 with 20 years of prior state service including the Department of Water Resources and the Department of General Services, Real Estate Services Division. Marvelli was selected as the CBSC executive director in February 2016. CBSC administers the processes related to the adoption, approval, publication, and implementation of the California Building Standard Code, Title 24, California Code of Regulations. Marvelli serves as a SSC Commissioner pursuant to Government Code Section 8870.2 which requires one member of CBSC be represented on the Seismic Safety Commission.
Mark S. Ghilarducci serves as the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, appointed July 1, 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ghilarducci previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency appointed in February 2012 by Governor Brown. As a member of the Cabinet, Director Ghilarducci serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and oversees statewide public safety, emergency management, emergency communications, counter-terrorism efforts and the State Threat Assessment System.
In 2000, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services where he oversaw statewide emergency operations, planning and training. Previously he served as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Ghilarducci has over 30 years of diversified service in both the public and private sectors, in the emergency services, fire and rescue and homeland security disciplines.
Tracy Johnson is currently the vice-chair of the Seismic Safety Commission and has been with the commission since 2013 representing public utilities and lifelines. Throughout her career as a Professional Engineer, Tracy has worked in design, construction, manufacturing and maintenance operations. She is currently employed at the SF Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) where she manages Civil, Track and Structural Engineering as well as the Construction Management Division. Prior to joining BART, Tracy worked in private industry for 25 years. Tracy has extensive experience in earthquake engineering including her role providing technical oversight on BART’s $1.2B Earthquake Safety Program. In addition to being a commissioner on the California Seismic Safety Commission, Tracy has a seat on the Advisory Committee for the California Integrated Seismic Network.
Jorge Meneses has over 30 years of consultancy, project management, research, and teaching experience, in both private industry and research institutions in the field of geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Meneses is currently a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with RMA Group, Inc. in San Diego. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in geotechnical earthquake engineering and foundation engineering across the country and various markets including water, nuclear, transportation, high rise buildings, energy, schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial. He frequently acts as a peer reviewer for technical conferences and technical journal publications, is a guest speaker for domestic and international conferences, and has published more than 60 technical publications. Dr. Meneses is currently a part-time instructor in the graduate school of San Diego State University and University of California San Diego Extension.
Dr. Meneses is the President and Founder of EERI's San Diego Regional Chapter, an Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, member of the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Structural Engineering (University of California San Diego), member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Meneses received his Master of Science and Doctor of Engineering degrees in geotechnical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto leads Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering company, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, a nonprofit technical organization, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Dr. Miyamoto was the recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, three consecutive ENR “Best Global Project” awards and the ASCE Humanitarian Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction and recently won the 2016 U.S. Presidential “E” Award for the firm’s significant contributions to the export of technical knowledge. Dr. Miyamoto is an expert consultant to World Bank projects globally, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. During the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he worked with the government of Haiti, the UN, USAID and various NGOs to conduct damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuild more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal and Ecuador, assisting with Mexico’s post-earthquake recovery and his firm runs an important preparedness and technical training program for USAID/OFDA in Latin America. Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. Dr. Miyamoto has published more than 100 technical papers. He has been featured by CNN, BCC, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson was sworn into office on January 3, 2011. Parkinson's career in law enforcement in San Luis Obispo County began when he joined the Morro Bay Police Department in 1984. He transferred to the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 1988, where he rose to the rank of Captain, second in command of the department. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was twice awarded the department's "Distinguished Service Award." In 2004, Parkinson was also awarded the City of San Luis Obispo Employee of the Year.The Sheriff has been an associate faculty member at Allan Hancock College since 2001, where he taught traffic accident investigation. Currently the Sheriff teaches leadership development for active duty police officers.
During his career in law enforcement, Sheriff Parkinson was assigned virtually every assignment available to a police officer, including: major crime investigator, training officer, traffic officer, lead defensive tactics instructor, narcotics investigator (Situational Oriented Response Team), field supervisor, and administrative sergeant. Parkinson assisted in directing the development of the first San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT Team. The Regional SWAT team consists of members from San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Cal Poly and Morro Bay Police Departments.
In 2012 Governor Brown appointed Sheriff Parkinson to serve on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board. He served on that board until June of 2014 when Governor Brown appointed Sheriff Parkinson to the California Seismic Safety Commission.
Supervisor David Rabbitt was elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in November, 2010 and is serving his second term representing the diverse blend of urban and rural comprising the Second District of Sonoma County. The Supervisor served two consecutive terms as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2013 and 2014 and is currently Chair Pro Tem for 2017. In 2017, Supervisor Rabbitt’s regional assignments include the Golden Gate Bridge District, Association of Bay Area Governments, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit and the North Bay Water Reuse Authority. Supervisor Rabbitt’s countywide assignments include Sonoma County Employee Retirement Association, Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority. He was appointed by the Governor to the California Seismic Safety Commission in 2013 and reappointed in 2017 representing local government. Supervisor Rabbitt is an architect, and resides in Petaluma with his wife and three children.
Cindy Silva has been a member of the Walnut Creek City Council since 2006 and served as the City’s mayor in 2011 and in 2013. As a city council member, Silva serves on numerous regional and state-level boards and agencies: Director, League of California Cities; director, East Bay Regional Communications Systems Authority; director and past chair, Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (Recycle Smart); director and past chair, TRANSPAC (regional transportation planning committee); past president, East Bay Division, League of California Cities; chair, Contra Costa County Mayors’ Conference. Professionally, Silva has 40 years of business experience in marketing and communications in industries as diverse as telecommunications, biotech, healthcare, and the non-profit sector. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California.
Tim began his career with the City of Riverside Fire Department as a firefighter in 1995 and was promoted to his current rank of Captain in June, 2003. Tim was elected First Vice President of the Riverside City Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1067 in December, 2001 and was elected President in May, 2002, a position which he still holds. Tim is also currently serving as the 1st District Vice-President of the California Professional Firefighters, representing firefighters in the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, and Imperial. Tim has also served as an IAFF Field Service Representative since 2010. Tim was appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in August of 2011 as the Fire Services representative to the Commission. He was reappointed in 2014 and 2017. He served two terms as Chairman from 2014 to 2016.Tim also serves as the Chairman of the Riverside City Firefighter’s Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit assisting the citizens in the City of Riverside in fire education, fire prevention, victim assistance, and fallen firefighter family support. Tim also serves as a board member on the California Fire Foundation Board of Directors and is a labor representative on the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Administration from the California State University at San Bernardino, and a Master of Public Administration from the California Baptist University.
Fuad Sweiss was appointed San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Senior Policy Advisor on Sea Level Rise in July 2016. He previously served as San Francisco City Engineer and Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works since January 2009. In that position, Mr. Sweiss oversaw the Design & Construction arm of the City’s Public Works department including four Divisions with about 500 employees managing over 200 projects valued at about $2.0 billion. In May 2013, Governor Brown appointed Mr. Sweiss to the California Seismic Safety Commission for a two-year term and renewed the appointment in May 2015 for four years. Fuad is passionate about collaboration and sharing San Francisco’s initiatives on seismic strengthening of buildings and resiliency programs with other cities and jurisdictions throughout California. Also, he travelled to other countries to inspect earthquake damaged areas and to lecture on seismic safety and earthquake early warning systems.
Mr. Sweiss has about 35 years of experience in the management, design, and construction of projects in the public and private sectors including 18 years with the City of Oakland, seven years with Black and Veatch & the CEC in Amman, Jordan working on USAID funded projects, and three years managing his own small real estate development and consulting engineering firm. Mr. Sweiss graduated from the University of Jordan in 1981 with a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. He is licensed in the State of California as a Professional Civil Engineer, a Professional Land Surveyor, General Contractor, LEED AP, and Real Estate Broker.
Andy is a Senior Vice President and Head Property Underwriting for US Core Partners Group at Swiss Re. One of his main responsibilities is to manage the underwriting of the Property reinsurance treaty portfolio.
Prior to his current position, Andy was head of Property Actuarial Unit and head Structured Reinsurance Actuarial department. Since joining Swiss Re in 1996, he has held many lead roles including pricing property and casualty reinsurance business, managing loss reserve estimates, and financial reporting including actuarial opinions. And prior to joining Swiss Re, Andy was with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and Sullivan Brokerage Companies. Andy graduated from the University of California of Los Angeles with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Science. He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
Ed Valenzuela District 2 Supervisor for Siskiyou County is a native Californian and grew up in the city of San Leandro. Ed graduated with a Business Administration degree while attending night school and working for the phone company. Later, while working for AT&T, Ed secured a “chance of a lifetime” transfer to a small northern California town of Mt. Shasta. Here he and his wife Barbara, raised their two children and call Mt. Shasta their “little slice of heaven” hometown.In Mt. Shasta Ed felt a sense of community service and ran for city council. He served eight years as a Mount Shasta City Councilman before he was elected County Supervisor in 2008. In 2010 Ed retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. Dedicated to his job as County Supervisor, he focuses on listening to his constituents and keeping an open mind while making decisions that are in the best interest of Siskiyou County. He serves as a board member and treasurer of the California State Association of Counties as a commissioner for Local Agency Formation Committee and a board member of Public Service Area 2 Agency on Aging. Ed is an avid baseball and hockey fan and follows his Bay Area teams. He loves growing tomatoes and gardening, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and playing poker.
Chester A. Widom FAIA was the founding partner of WWCOT, a 185 person (at the time of his retirement from the firm) architectural, interior design, planning and forensics firm with four offices in California and an office in Shanghai, China. After leaving WWCOT, he served as the Senior Architectural Advisor for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.1 Billion construction program. In December of 2011, Governor Brown appointed him California State Architect. As a former President of both the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the California Council AIA, Chet is recognized as an international leader in the profession.
Ivan G. Wong, Commissioner: Mr. Wong is a Senior Principal Seismologist with Lettis Consultants International in Walnut Creek, California. He has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering seismology and seismic geology and has evaluated the hazard and developed the seismic design of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide, many for the Federal Government. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction, education, and public outreach. Mr. Wong has chaired or served on numerous scientific and engineering committees, panels and working groups particularly for the U.S. Geological Survey and FEMA. He has been an invited lecturer at 14 universities worldwide and was an instructor at the California Academy of Sciences.
|Richard "Dick" McCarthy||Executive Director|
|Robert "Bob" Anderson||Senior Engineering Geologist|
|Fred Turner||Structural Engineer|
|Salina Valencia||Legislative/Communications Director|
|Ellena (Lena) Daniel||Administrative Officer|
|Mike Orille||Project Analyst|