David A. Friedman, is a Senior Principal, Emeritus CEO & Chair of the Board, and past President and CEO of Forell/Elsesser. David has been with Forell/Elsesser since 1980 and been a practicing structural and earthquake engineer for 43 years. David is an active Member of the Board of Directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) which disseminates lessons learned from earthquakes around the world. Mr. Friedman has served on EERI Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance teams in Kobe, Japan (1995) and Wenchuan, China (2008). He is also involved in many institutional, academic, philanthropic and not-for-profit Boards including the San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association, UC Berkeley Foundation, and Jewish Home of San Francisco. David is a licensed Structural Engineer in California, Nevada, and British Columbia.