Seismic Safety Policy Advocates

Policy Advocates for seismic risk reduction through education, research, planning, and mitigation activities; that provide professional level assistance to other hazard mitigation programs sponsored by local governments in their region, FEMA, state offices of emergency services, etc.

Thomas Tobin

Mr. Tobin has worked on natural hazards, risk management and public policy issues for 45 years. He served ten years as Executive Director of the California Seismic Safety Commission. Mr. Tobin has lobbied for legislation, having testified to congressional committees on six occasions and state legislative committees on over 100 occasions.   Read more

Chris Poland

Chris Poland’s structural engineering career spans over 35 years. He actively participates in policy-changing research projects sponsored by the NSF, USGS, NIST and FEMA. Chris currently presides as Chair of the congressionally mandated Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.    Read more

Arrietta Chakos

Arrietta Chakos is a public policy advisor on urban disaster resilience. She currently works on crisis management, community resilience policies, and multi-sectoral engagement in California cities. Her work with San Francisco, Palo Alto, and regional institutions focuses on strategies to improve disaster readiness and community resilience.   Read more

Laurence Kornfield

Laurence Kornfield served as a Chief Building Inspector in San Francisco for 20 years, and has been active in earthquake hazard mitigation, response and recovery since the Loma Pieta earthquake in 1989. He initiated and oversaw San Francisco’s recently completed Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS), and …   Read more

Jeanne Perkins

Jeanne Perkins is a consultant working for the Association of Bay Area Governments and other local governments focusing on earthquake and hazards mitigation and long-term disaster recovery planning.   Read more

Yumei Wang

Yumei Wang, PE, leads the Geohazards team at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, where her work focuses on lowering risks from earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides. She is an advisor for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and …    Read more

The San Francisco CAPSS Committee

CAPSS began in 1998, paused from 2003 to 2007, and was completed in 2010. In 2000, the City’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI) initiated a program, known as the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS), with the mission to develop and implement a work plan for reducing earthquake risks in San Francisco, and to improve post-earthquake response policy.  Read more