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Quotable Experts

California Earthquake Authority (CEA) leaders are subject matter experts in earthquake risk and preparedness, strengthening homes against earthquake damage, disaster recovery, insurance, engineering, and related public service.

Insight from the front lines: "The Northridge earthquake in 1994, Napa in 2014, and Humboldt County in 2024 – I've visited the homes and met with the families wondering how they will recover." - CEA Chief Mitigation Officer Janiele Maffei

Earthquake preparedness: "It's rarely the earth that hurts people during an earthquake; it's manmade structures. The good news is we can do something about that. We're here to help Californians prepare for and recover from damaging earthquakes." – CEA Chief Communications Officer Charlotte Fadipe

Resiliency: "It's not just about the homes themselves. It's also about creating resilient systems, involving the residents, contractors, engineers, building departments – the whole ecosystem – to get Californians earthquake ready." - CEA Chief Mitigation Officer Janiele Maffei

Below are CEA experts who may be available for interviews.

Media and Speaker Request Contacts

Media representatives may send inquiries or interview requests to media@calquake.com or call (279) 203-5998. CEA can accommodate some requests in Spanish.

For non-media speaker requests, invitations may be sent to community@calquake.com.

Image: Janiele Maffei - CEA Chief Mitigation Officer

Janiele Maffei

CEA Chief Mitigation Officer
Topics of Expertise
  • Mitigation of vulnerable residential structures against seismic risks and design of new structures
  • Seismic strengthening incentive programs
  • CEA's research program
  • Development and adoption of building codes
  • California earthquake insurance and CEA programs

See Janiele's bio

Image: Charlotte Fadipe Chief Communications Officer

Charlotte Fadipe

CEA Chief Communications Officer
Topics of Expertise
  • Residential earthquake insurance in California
  • Strengthening homes against earthquake damage
  • Earthquake preparedness and recovery in California
  • CEA's outreach and educational activities

See Charlotte's bio