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.
Senator Jerry Hill
Representing: The California State Senate
Jerry Hill was elected to the California State Senate in November 2012, having served four years as a member of the Assembly. He has been a champion of safety, consumer protection and accountability throughout his nearly 30 years in public service, which includes serving as mayor of the City of San Mateo and as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. In the Legislature, Mr. Hill has been a strong advocate of seismic safety and efforts to advance California’s Earthquake Early Warning System.
Representing: City/County | End of Term: 5/15/2021
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
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.
Representing: Geotechnical | End of Term: 5/15/21
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
Chairman, CEO, Miyamoto International President, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, California Seismic Safety Commissioner, Representing: Structural Engineer | End of Term: 5/15/19
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.
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.
Vice Chair, Representing: Local Government | End of Term: 5/15/21
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.
Timothy D. Strack
Fire Captain, City of Riverside Fire Department Representing: Fire Protection | End of Term: 5/15/17
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 and he currently serves as the regional training coordinator for the Riverside/San Bernardino Urban Area Security initiative (UASI). 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 was elected was elected as the 1st District Vice-President of the California Professional Firefighters in May of 2010, representing firefighters in the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, and Imperial.
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 as a labor representative on the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee since 2006.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the California State University at San Bernardino, and a Master of Public Administration from the California Baptist University.
Tim is married to his wife Wendy and they have 3 children, Justin (21), Isabella (17), and Madeline (17) and they live in Riverside.
Representing: Mechanical Engineer | End of Term: 5/15/19
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
Representing: Insurance | End of Term: 5/15/19
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).
Representing: Seismologist | End of Term: 5/15/21
Ivan Wong is a Senior Principal Seismologist with Lettis Consultants International in Concord, California. He is an internationally recognized expert in seismic hazard evaluations with more than 45 years of experience. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction and awareness and public outreach. Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide including some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations ever performed in the U.S. For FEMA, Ivan has been involved in the education and implementation of the seismic risk assessment software HAZUS in several regions in the U.S. He has been the recipient of numerous external research grants from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that have supported the development of urban probabilistic and scenario hazard maps and other earthquake hazard-related studies. In addition to his professional work, Ivan has been actively involved in the activities of several professional organizations most notably the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) where he has served in numerous roles including the Board of Directors. He has been and is a member of numerous national and international scientific and engineering committees and panels and has been particularly active in serving the USGS. He is the author/coauthor of more than 300 professional publications. From 1970 to 1979, Ivan served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.