Established in 1948, EERI (www.eeri.org) is a non-profit membership-supported technical society dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. It has an international audience of professionals from many disciplines associated with earthquake engineering and risk management. Our 3,000 members are organized into volunteer committees, projects, and both regional and student chapters that conduct activities to achieve our mission. The Institute undertakes a number of projects and programs for federal and international agencies and foundations, as well as internally funded projects that benefit the Institute and its members. A small eight-person staff runs the organization from a casual professional office at City Center in downtown Oakland on the BART line.