Ms. Andersen has been a registered Civil and Structural Engineer in California since 1988. Her experience includes structural failure investigation and repair, earthquake damage evaluation and repair, seismic retrofit design and evaluation, new structure and building design, building code writing and editing, peer design review, litigation preparation, and expert testimony. She served on the board of directors of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, chairing the Legislative Committee, and taught FEMA classes on earthquake preparedness. Ms. Andersen has a MS in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Early in her career, Ms. Andersen was one of very few women in structural engineering, and pushed for diversity and inclusion throughout her professional and volunteer activities. Ms. Andersen is semi-retired and is registered with the Republican Party.