Alumna and Academy member, Janiele Maffei, to give CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture, Oct. 30

The 2017 CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture will be given by 2016 ADA inductee and Advisory Council member, Janiele Maffei (CE MS '80, Arch. AB '78). 

Ms. Maffei is the Chief Mitigation Officer with the California Earthquake Authority and has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years.

The Distinguished Lecture title will be announced soon.

The lecture will be held in the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall, 5:00-6:00 pm, on October 30. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Ms. Maffei is licensed as both a Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in California with 36 years of experience in the design of new buildings, retrofit designs of existing buildings, seismic evaluations, seismic loss estimation studies, design of equipment anchorages, preparation of construction documents, and construction administration.

After fifteen years as a project manager and regional office director with Degenkolb Engineers, she opened her own practice where she managed complex design projects involving many disciplines.

In 2011, Ms. Maffei joined the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) as its Chief Mitigation Officer. In this capacity, she serves as the Executive Director of the California Residential Mitigation Program.  She was a Board Member and Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and was Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Piedmont School District Measure E Seismic Retrofit Program.

As Executive Director of the California Residential Retrofit Program, Ms. Maffei has been responsible for developing policies, plans, and incentives for retrofitting wood frame residential construction throughout California in order to, along with insurance, mitigate the consequence of a major earthquake in California.

Her professional leadership positions include:  Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, Board of Directors; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Northern California Chapter, President (2010-2011); and EERI, Board of Directors, Secretary and Treasurer (2012-present).

Published 10/29/2017