Commissioners & Staff

 Assembly Member Ken Cooley

Assembly Member Ken Cooley

Representing: Assembly Member

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.

Mia Marvelli

Mia Marvelli

Representing: Building Standards Commission

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

Mark S. Ghilarducci

Representing: California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

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.

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto

Chairman, CEO, Miyamoto International President, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, California Seismic Safety Commissioner, Representing: Structural Engineer

Dr. Miyamoto is a world-leading expert in disaster resiliency, response and reconstruction. He provides expert engineering and policy consultation to the World Bank, USAID, UN agencies, governments and private sector. He is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner, a Global CEO of Miyamoto International and a structural engineer.
From the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake to the Ecuador, Nepal, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mexico and 2020 Puerto Rico earthquakes, Dr. Miyamoto has led teams of experts on dozens of response and reconstruction projects around the world. He also led critical seismic risk reduction programs in Turkey, the Philippines, Romania and Bangladesh, as well as disaster risk mitigation policy work in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and El Salvador. He is one of the most respected minds in disaster resiliency and recovery.
Dr. Miyamoto holds advance degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. His team won the Engineering News-Record’s “Best Global Project” award four times and the U.S. Presidential “E” award. Major media such as ABC, CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Rolling Stone have profiled him. He was also featured in the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit at the National Building Museum.

David Rabbitt

David Rabbitt

Representing: Local Government

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

Cindy Silva

Vice Chair, Representing: Local Government

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.

 Fuad Sweiss

Fuad Sweiss

Representing: Mechanical Engineer

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.

Andrew (Andy) Tran

Andrew (Andy) Tran

Representing: Insurance

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).

Ida A. Clair

Ida A. Clair

Representing: State Architect

Ida A. Clair was appointed as the first female State Architect in April 2021. Ida leads four regional offices and a headquarters office in providing design and construction oversight of public K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities, and in rulemaking development for accessibility for California’s public accommodations, public buildings, commercial buildings and public housing.

Prior to taking up the mantle as State Architect, Ida was the Principal Architect where she managed the accessibility, sustainability, and fire & life safety programs for public K–12 schools and community colleges, directed CALGreen regulatory development applicable to school facilities, directed Access Code regulatory development for the State of California, and administered the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Program. From 2013–2016 Ida served as DSA’s first technical administrator of the CASp Program where she established the Program’s professional practice standards, improved regulatory standards and provided examination development and training.

Ida has twenty-six years’ experience in private architectural practice where she specialized in the design and construction of affordable and sustainable multifamily residential facilities and provided accessibility compliance surveys and third-party accessibility plan reviews for a major health care provider. A CASp, Ida was instrumental in the creation of the Certified Access Specialist Institute in 2010

Debra Garnes

Debra Garnes

Representing: Local Government

Debra L. Garnes was elected to the Rio Dell City Council in November 2014. She is currently
serving her second term as Mayor. In her elected capacity she serves on the Humboldt/Del
Norte Hazardous Response Authority and President, Redwood Empire Division, League of
California Cities. Garnes, retired from Sacramento Municipal Utility District, spent her career in
the fields of hazardous waste mitigation, hazardous materials, hazardous materials emergency
response and first responder emergency response. Garnes has strong entrepreneurial
experience having owned a successful small business in North Sacramento for many years.
Garnes was appointed to the Seismic Safety Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2021.

Joon Kim-Lopez

Joon Kim-Lopez

Representing: Public Utility

Joone Kim-Lopez has been General Manager at the Moulton Niguel Water District since 2012. She was General Manager at the Calaveras County Water District from 2010 to 2012. Kim-Lopez was Assistant General Manager at Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company from 2008 to 2010. She was Deputy General Manager at the Central Basin Municipal Water District from 2003 to 2008. Kim-Lopez was a Police Officer and Corporal at the Pasadena Police Department from 1995 to 2003. She was a Grant Administrator at the City of Pasadena from 1994 to 1995. Kim-Lopez earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of the NAACP California and Hawaii Executive Committee and the CORO Women in Leadership Advisory Board. Kim-Lopez is a board member of the Korean American Coalition, California WateReuse Association, California Water Data Consortium, Southern California Water Coalition, Water UC Irvine Leadership Board, Water Now Alliance, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tilly’s Life Center, California State University, Fullerton – Center for Real Estate, South Orange County Wastewater Authority, Smart Water Network Forum and the Association of California Water Agencies.

Vincent Wells

Vincent Wells

Representing: Fire Protection

Vincent L. Wells of Elk Grove has been appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. Wells served as Fire Captain and Paramedic at the Contra Costa Fire Protection District from 1997 to 2020. He was a Firefighter and Paramedic at the Fairfield Fire Department from 1995 to 1997. Wells served in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1992.

Alegria De La Cruz

Representing: Social Services

Alegria De La Cruz of Santa Rosa has been appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. De La Cruz has been Director of the Office of Equity at the County of Sonoma since 2020, where she was Chief Deputy at the Office of the County Counsel from 2015 to 2020. She was Supervising Staff Counsel and Regional Director at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 2011 to 2015. De La Cruz was a Staff Attorney and Legal Director at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment from 2009 to 2011. She was Staff Attorney and Directing Attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance from 2003 to 2009. De La Cruz earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Staff Title
Richard “Dick” McCarthy Executive Director
Salina Valencia Legislative/Communications Director
Tanya Black Administrative Processes Manager
Jia Wang-Connelly Senior Structural Engineer
Mike Orille Project Analyst