2014 EERI NC Board Elections

It is time to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.



Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the three (3) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for three Directors at Large.

The 2014 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Monday, November 17, 2014.


The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President Heidi Tremayne Betsy Mathieson
Past-President Heidi Tremayne
President-Elect Betsy Mathieson
Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus Marko Schotanus
Director Jeff Bond Jeff Bond
Director Sharyl Rabinovici Open
Director Chuck Real Open
Director Laurence Kornfield Laurence Kornfield
Director Gerry Brady Gerry Brady
Director Ken Mark Open


The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Laura Dwelley-Samant, Chair, Danielle Hutchings Mieler, and Ivan Wong for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Director At Large:

  • Sharyl Rabinovici (incumbent)
  • Dana Brechwald
  • Ken Mark (incumbent)



If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at chapterinfo@eerinc.org.

November 2014 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Disruptive innovations in the tech community are changing the way we work every day.  Come hear about a growing number of technology platforms that will change how we recover in future earthquakes.  Join the EERI Northern California Chapter for an evening with tech and find out:  What’s shaking in the app world?

Time5:30-7:30pm (5:30pm Networking; 6.00pm Program)
LocationABAG Auditorium 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (Map)
RSVPchapterinfo@eerinc.org by Wednesday November 5th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!


Title: Airbnb Disaster Relief
Program Speaker: Molly Turner (Airbnb)

Molly is the Head of Civic Partnerships at Airbnb, where she built and directs the company’s public-private partnerships program. She works with the Airbnb local community and their civic leaders on a variety of projects focused on sustainability, economic development, resiliency and hospitality. She also directs Airbnb’s policy research examining the business model’s various impacts on urban economics, environment and communities.
When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, Airbnb altered its website to ensure hosts could take in displaced neighbors for free. In 2013, Airbnb expanded these efforts with a disaster response initiative that makes it easy for Airbnb hosts to provide space for people in need at little or no cost when disasters strike. Today, Airbnb has a Global Disaster Relief Program through which the company works with the local emergency management authorities before, during, and after disasters to leverage the Airbnb community’s resources to build resilience in these cities.

Title: Modern Mobile Data Collection during Disasters
Speaker: Ragi Burhum (AmigoCloud)

Ragi began his geospatial career over a decade ago as an engineer at ESRI, where he worked on the Geodatabase team creating, designing, and maintaining ArcGIS core components. At Microsoft, he worked on the main GIS data pipeline of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He ran a successful GIS consulting company in the Bay Area where he helped organizations like NVIDIA and CSR with their GIS challenges. In addition to founding GeoMeetup, the largest developer-centric geospatial Meetup in the world, Ragi is also heavily involved in Open Source GIS Software (he is an active OSGeo Charter member) and often contributes code to O.S. geospatial projects (e.g. as a committer in GDAL) that are the foundation of several Open GIS applications worldwide.

December 2014 Holiday and Awards Party

Join your Chapter colleagues as we celebrate the holiday season and toast to the successful end of 2014! The EERI Northern California Chapter Awards for “Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction” will be presented at 6:30 pm. The 2014 winners are Marjorie Greene, EERI Special Projects Manager, and San Francisco’s Private Schools Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, December 10th
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (awards ceremony at 6:30pm)
Venue & Directions: ARUP, 560 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please check in at the lobby with an EERI volunteer when you arrive. (Map)
RSVP: chapterinfo@eerinc.org

Marjorie Greene is retiring from EERI after an exemplary thirty-year career of natural hazard mitigation work in which she has focused on developing earthquake hazard mitigation, preparedness, and learning-from-earthquake programs in the U.S. and abroad. She has been an inspiration and model to fellow professionals and young people in the earthquake hazard field, displaying a soft-spoken, determined, analytical and product-oriented approach to her work.

San Francisco Private Schools Working Group, comprised of a volunteer group of over 30 citizens, parents, architects and engineers, school administrators and other participants, met for over two years to consider seismic safety concerns regarding private schools. Their work resulted in legislation enacted in Fall 2014 to require that seismic performance evaluations of private schools in San Francisco be performed and submitted to the City over the next 3 years. This is California’s first program requiring seismic evaluation of existing private schools. The Working Group was chaired by Laura Dwelley-Samant.

Please bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate the achievements of these outstanding EERI members and a year’s worth of exiting Chapter activities! Non-members can attend guilt-free — we welcome all earthquake professionals to our party!!! There will be plenty of appetizers and drinks for all to enjoy.

Please RSVP by Monday December 8th to expedite your entry through building security, but don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

October Events Calendar

October 7 (EERI Sponsored)
Special Lecture: Collaborative Leadership in Post-Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand// 4:30pm @ Tresidder Union, Oak Room West, Stanford University
This presentation explores key themes in post-disaster recovery leadership such as articulating a vision, crisis as a leadership crucible, balancing multiple agenda, communicating in recovery and the importance of broad leadership models. These themes are illustrated through a case study of Christchurch’s post-disaster collaborative recovery model (The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team – SCIRT). This model was designed by engineers, community engagement and organizational specialists to meet the massive infrastructure challenges of the Christchurch rebuild. The experiences of SCIRT offer lessons for establishing post-disaster collaborative models that are transferable to other contexts and sectors and offer insights into the prearrangements, skills and relationships that engineers need to build prior to a disaster that will enhance their leadership post-disaster. [http://www.eerinc.org/?p=60340]

October 16
LP25: Loma Prieta 25 Symposium // 9:00am-5:00pm @ 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612 (EERI Sponsored)
The 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake offers Bay Area residents and regional leaders an opportunity to inspire regional action for safer, more resilient communities.  This commemorative public policy symposium offers an exciting and relevant time to engage in creating a more resilient, adaptive future in our communities.  Bay Area thought leaders, community advocates, and elected officials will launch a three-year public policy program designed to spark quick recovery from future disasters and enact place-based action for a safer future in the places we call home. [http://www.lomaprieta25.com/]

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences // 6:00pm-10:00pm @ 55 Concourse Way, Golden Gate Park, SF, CA 94118
LP25 kicks off on the eve of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Thursday, October 16, 2014, for Nightlife at the Academy.  Join us from 6-10 p.m. for a cocktail, music, and the premiere of the Cal Academy’s latest earthquake movie. [http://www.lp25sf.org/what-we-do/]

October 17
Building Generations & Communities through Preparedness // 11:30am-2:00pm @ Cypress Freeway Memorial Park, Mandela Parkway at 14th Street, Oakland, CA
Reflect on Oakland’s and the Bay Area’s progress since 1989 to prepare for disasters. Honor those who lost their lives and the many heroes who risked their lives to aid others. Prepare for the next earthquake or major disaster. [http://www.lp25sf.org/what-we-do/]

Preparedness Interactive at the Exploratorium // 12:00pm-7:00pm @ Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St.), San Francisco, CA 94111
Continue the celebrations with us on Friday, October 17 at The Exploratorium.  The Community Preparedness Exhibition features the LP25 Interactive with more than 20 organizations helping you get prepared for the next emergency. [http://www.lp25sf.org/what-we-do/]

Salvation Army Taste of Preparedness (Top) Chef Cook-Off // 5:30pm-6:30pm @ Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St.), San Francisco, CA 94111
Five teams will compete “Top Chef” style to create a tasty meal using preparedness ingredients. Special guest judges will rate the TOP Chefs on the quality of the dish, their creativity, and the use of non-perishable foods. [http://www.lp25sf.org/what-we-do/]

October 21
25 Years After Loma Prieta – Are you Ready for the Next One // 6:00pm @ SPUR San Francisco, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
We all know that we should have disaster kits at the ready, but who has time to assemble all the items on their own? Go MacGyver with us at the SPUR Urban Center and assemble your own kit while hearing from experts about disaster preparedness. Everyone will go home with the beginnings of a kit, a chance to win prizes and a better understanding of how we can build a culture of preparedness across the Bay Area. [http://www.spur.org/events/2014-10-21/25-years-after-loma-prieta-are-you-ready-next-one]

October 29 (EERI Sponsored)
2014 Technical Seminar Series: Performance Based Design – State of the Practice for Tall Buildings // 8:30am-4:30pm @ Parc 55 Wyndham, Union Square, 55 Cyril Magnin Street., San Francisco, CA 94102
For the last decade engineers in major cities along the West Coast have taken advantage of performance based design concepts to achieve structural designs of tall buildings that are not in strict compliance with the International Building Code prescriptive provisions. These projects reflected cumulative best state-of-the-practice information related to seismology, geotechnology, and structural design to provide the most complete platform for implementing performance based seismic design concepts on major design projects. [https://www.eeri.org/cohost/member-resources/images/pulse/2014-09-01/tech_seminar_brochure.pdf]

View or download the events calendar (PDF) here.

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