Environmental Impact Analysis; Land Use Planning and Community Development; Community Impacts; Environmental Justice; Project Management
- California High-Speed Rail Project, Bakersfield to Palmdale Section, CA
- State Route 710 North Study, Los Angeles County, CA
- South Shores Church Master Plan, Dana Point, CA
- Ganahl Lumber Expansion, Costa Mesa, CA
WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE BY THE BEACH, NEAR THE MOUNTAINS, OR IN THE CITY?
I enjoy riding my beach cruiser along the California coast every chance I get. I also like to go hiking, kayaking, and camping. In general, I love to do anything outdoors! Around the house, I love to cook and listen to jazz, blues, reggae, and zydeco music.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
My proudest accomplishment is hiking to the top of Mt. Whitney in 2010. After years of staring at a faded picture of my friend’s dad and his buddies on top of the mountain sometime in the late 1970s, I decided that I needed to see it for myself. The hike required months of difficult training and conditioning at altitude on the highest peaks in Southern California, which made the hike itself much easier to handle. (For the record, a 1-day trip up Mt. San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek Trail is far more grueling than a 2-day trip up Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal!) It was such a special experience, and I will always treasure it.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
The best part of my job is learning about all of the unique communities throughout California that LSA works in, and then helping to apply that knowledge to make them better places. At its very core, environmental planning is about understanding our natural and built environment and how our decisions can affect all of the things that are important to us. I enjoy being a part of that deliberative process because it provides me with an opportunity to make a difference.
IF YOU WEREN’T AN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I would like to be a helicopter pilot. I would be the first one to admit I have no idea how to fly a helicopter, but I always appreciate seeing the world from a birds-eye view and am certain that I would enjoy all of the challenges that would go along with learning how to be a helicopter pilot.
WHAT IS THE BEST ATTRIBUTE ABOUT WORKING AT LSA?
For me, the best part about working at LSA is the team atmosphere and company culture. The firm is filled with bright, hardworking people who enjoy collaborating with each other. We also find time for lots of fun activities, including annual company-sponsored golf tournaments and camping trips. As an employee-owned firm, LSA really cares about the individual interests and goals of its employees and encourages them to pursue those goals and interests and grow professionally. As an example, the firm recently supported me in earning my American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification. I am so grateful to work at a firm that encourages me to follow my own career path.