Laura Dwelley Samant joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. She is principal of Laura Samant Consulting, which analyzes earthquake risk and risk reduction strategies, and helps communities shape that information into well-supported and effective programs that make cities safer. Recent clients and project partners have included the City of San Francisco, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), and Applied Technology Council. She is a former project manager at GeoHazards International, for which she worked in more than a dozen countries and led major efforts in Nepal, India and the Central Asian Republics. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in structural engineering from Stanford University. Laura serves as chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).