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. He worked for two agencies responsible for natural resource conservation and development. Mr. Tobin has lobbied for legislation, having testified to congressional committees on six occasions and state legislative committees on over 100 occasions. He is a director of the Coastal Zone Foundation. As a consultant, Mr. Tobin works for government agencies and nonprofit organizations. He has worked with GeoHazards International for 15 years, bringing resources and technical knowledge to developing countries to reduce earthquake risk, and he was a co-manager, for the Applied Technology Council, of the City of San Francisco’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) project. He has received the 2004 Alfred E. Alquist Medal for Achievement in Earthquake Safety. Currently, he is the president of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and GeoHazards International’s Senior Adviser.