David Friedman

Senior Principal and Chair

Forell/Elsesser Engineers

Executive Board Chair, San Francisco Director

David is a Senior Principal, Emeritus CEO & Chair of the Board of Forell/Elsesser, and immediate past President and CEO. David has been with Forell/Elsesser since 1980 and has 41 years in the industry. His strength is a holistic approach to a project’s planning, design and construction, and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers, and builders. With a specialty in designated historic structures, David has creatively solved numerous engineering challenges. Principle examples of his solutions include the base isolation retrofits for both the San Francisco City Hall and Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodel of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium. All of these projects received numerous design awards and State and National recognition, including Excellence in Structural Engineering from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC).

David is committed to worldwide seismic risk reduction, and 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. David 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 (SFF), San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR), UC Berkeley Foundation (UCBF), and Jewish Home of San Francisco (JHSF). David is a licensed Structural Engineer in California, Nevada, and British Columbia.