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Washington, D.C. — Miyamoto International, a global earthquake + structural engineering firm, opened an office in Washington, D.C. The firm has added eight offices globally since 2014 and its presence in Washington, D.C. positions Miyamoto at the forefront of the international development community.

“We recently executed the most difficult programs in post-disaster Haiti and Nepal and disaster reduction programs in Latin America. We are known experts in urban disaster reduction, response and reconstruction,” said Miyamoto CEO Dr. Kit Miyamoto. “Our D.C. office enables us to work with the international development clients more effectively. We see tremendous opportunities to serve and empower vulnerable communities worldwide.”

Elizabeth Petheo, formerly with the World Bank, will lead the office. Petheo is widely respected in the international development community for creating and executing world-class development programs and initiatives. She brings extensive experience leading high-profile initiatives in complex global environments, including Haiti post-earthquake and Sri Lanka during the civil war. An alumna of MIT, she said she welcomes the opportunity to join Miyamoto, an industry leader.

“I was drawn to the challenge of advancing Miyamoto’s mission of making the world a better, safer place, and look forward to new opportunities for international development partnerships for disaster-risk reduction,” said Petheo.

Miyamoto International has 19 offices in 12 countries worldwide.

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