April 2015 Chapter Meeting: Earthquake Risk Mitigation, A Bridge Between Policy and Engineering

Join us for an interactive discussion on how policy and engineering can develop together to bring progress on seismic resilience of both individuals and society. The panelists will present for the group’s consideration a new vision for strategic collaboration between the technical and policy worlds to better assist individuals, organizations, and communities in understanding and managing their natural disaster risks. The presentation will highlight, as an example, preliminary results of a California Earthquake Authority study investigating the performance of single-family dwellings during the August 24, 2014 South Napa earthquake, the findings of which can contribute to improving behavior motivation programs, engineering practices, and disaster policy broadly.

Date: Thursday, April 16th 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 (5:30 Networking; 6:00 Program)
Location: The EPICENTER, 245 Third street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
RSVP: chapterinfo@eerinc.org by Wednesday April 15th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Stillwell3Kate Stillwell (moderator) is an EERI Housner Fellow (2012) and a licensed structural engineer in California. Kate is a co-founder of both the GEM Foundation, which launched its OpenQuake platform in Jan 2015, and the US Resiliency Council, which is poised to begin issuing earthquake ratings for buildings in mid-2015. Kate is currently serving as Vice-President of SEAONC.



Janiele MaffeiJaniele Maffei (Presenter) is Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority inSacramento, California. Janiele is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she obtained her AB degree in architecture and an MS in civil engineering. Maffei is a registered structural engineer who has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes the design of new building structures and seismic strengthening of existing structures. She designed, launched and is now operating the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program for the CEA, which provides resources and knowledge to homeowners trying to retrofit their wood-frame homes.



Sharyl RabinoviciSharyl Rabinovici (Presenter) is a behavioral scientist, policy analyst, and strategy consultant specializing in disaster preparedness and community resilience. Sharyl brings a distinct interdisciplinary perspective to this work, drawing up on her PhD in Public Policy from UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy as well as a BA in Geology from Stanford and five years doing loss estimation, cost-benefit analysis, and risk modeling with the US Geological Survey. She is currently working with several California governmental entities and non-profits in implementing and improving their risk communication and earthquake preparedness programs.


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