ICF’s CEQA Streamlining Team
Our CEQA Streamlining experts have prepared hundreds of streamlined CEQA documents. With nearly 50 years of experience, ICF offers more than 750 environmental planning professionals in all aspects of environmental compliance. We have helped municipalities understand and apply streamlining through our educational programs and development of streamlining guidance.
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Meet our CEQA Streamlining experts
Antero Rivasplata, AICP has 40 years of experience with CEQA, including a stint leading the State Clearinghouse and drafting amendments to the CEQA Guidelines in the 1990s. In addition to working on scores of CEQA documents for projects ranging from high school construction to California’s High Speed Rail, he is a popular instructor of CEQA classes at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and UCLA Extension. He also serves on the legislative review committees of the American Planning Association California Chapter and the Association of Environmental Professionals.
Rich Walter has over 27 years of experience in environmental planning, compliance strategy, permitting, and mitigation development and implementation and climate action planning. He has worked on numerous controversial and complex environmental planning and compliance projects involving both state and federal environmental review and regulatory permitting. He has directed and participated in environmental impact assessment, alternatives analysis, and environmental permitting processes for a variety of proposed developments, including high-speed rail; commuter rail; residential, commercial, and industrial development; park and recreation facilities and resorts; general plans and specific plans, flood control; water supply; wetland restoration; solar and wind energy; marine oil terminals and oil pipelines; natural gas power plants and pipelines; roads, highways, and bike paths; vineyards; telecommunications; and mining ventures. Rich also leads a California municipal climate action planning practice and teaches and authors white papers on climate change, CEQA, and NEPA.
Erin Efner has 17 years of experience in project management, leading teams and managing the preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents. Erin’s experience includes preparing documents for stormwater infrastructure projects, transportation, large residential projects, infill development, affordable housing, commercial/industrial projects, elementary and high schools, mixed-use developments, specific plans, and General Plan updates. She regularly works on large residential projects, commercial projects, mixed-use developments, and affordable housing.
Leo Mena has 6 years of experience conducting environmental analysis for CEQA documents, including environmental impact reports and initial studies. Leo has conducted environmental analysis, managed the preparation of, and written environmental documents for a diverse range of projects, including mixed-use, commercial, and residential projects; transportation projects; roadway infrastructure projects; water infrastructure projects; and transmission lines.
Heidi Mekkelson has 17 years of experience in the preparation and management of environmental analysis documentation pursuant to CEQA and NEPA. Her project experience includes residential, commercial, retail, industrial, and mixed-use projects, as well as programmatic analyses for general plan updates, specific plans, and habitat conservation plans. Heidi’s work is focused in the Bay Area and Southern California, and she has extensive experience managing private development projects in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Kirsten Chapman is a project manager for environmental review and planning projects that require compliance under CEQA. Her decade-long career has mainly focused on urban infill development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kirsten works with municipal and state clients, and she has managed the environmental review process for several Silicon Valley tech campus projects and complex, large-scale mixed-use development projects.
Jessica Viramontes is a project manager for development and transportation projects that require compliance under CEQA and NEPA. She has over 13 years of experience with urban infill projects and transportation projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the City and County of Los Angeles. Jessica has managed the environmental review process for many complex mixed-use development projects and high-profile transportation projects.
Jessie Barkley offers nearly 20 years of experience as a skilled CEQA and NEPA practitioner. She has led and contributed to numerous projects for a variety of project types including mixed-use, redevelopment, infrastructure, commercial, energy, and long-range community plans. Her project work has spanned across Southern California and the Bay Area, among other locations.
Greta Brownlow specializes in CEQA and NEPA compliance and has spent over 20 years as an environmental consultant, collaborating with numerous agencies, developers, and local communities to implement development and infrastructure projects throughout California. She has taught CEQA-related courses through UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, and serves as adjunct faculty at San José State University, where she has taught graduate courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She has also taught environmental impact assessment in the Environmental Studies Department at Cal State East Bay.