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Geoffrey Danker, AICP – President ()

Franchise, Fees & Planning Manager, SoCalGas 

Geoff Danker is the Franchise, Fees & Planning Manager at the Southern California Gas Company.  In this role, Mr. Danker develops and recommends environmental policy for SoCalGas in response to proposed regulations, legislation or emerging environmental policy issues. He is responsible for negotiating utility franchise agreements and leads analysis, strategy development and implementation for local and regional planning initiatives.  Prior to SoCalGas, Geoff worked as an environmental consultant providing planning, permitting and policy expertise for a variety of energy and infrastructure projects.  He is currently the Awards Director of the American Planning Association – Los Angeles Section and a Board Member of the Young Professionals in Energy.  Geoff is pursuing his EMBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Marie Campbell – Director ()

President, Sapphos Environmental, Inc.

Ms. Marie Campbell, principal of Sapphos Environmental, Inc., is an environmental compliance specialist with over 30 years of experience in managing the environmental compliance process for public- and private-sector projects requiring strategic planning, environmental documentation pursuant to the NEPA and CEQA, regulatory permitting, construction monitoring and reporting. She has served as the project manager or strategic environmental advisor on hundreds of documents prepared pursuant to NEPA and CEQA. She is recognized by the Los Angeles Bar Association as an expert witness for NEPA and CEQA, and has served in that capacity on cases involving complex land use entitlement and related issues. She serves as an elected member-at-large for the Board of Directors for the National Association of Environmental Professionals, where she chairs the Education Committee. She also serves on the State Board for the California Association of Environmental Professions. Marie holds a B.A. in Ecosystems and a M.A. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

 

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Jane Besch – Vice President of Programs ()

Principal, Geosyntec Consultants

Jane Besch is Principal at Geonsyntec Consultants based in the Pasadena, CA. Jane has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental health and safety fields. Her primary technical expertise includes environmental health and safety compliance audits, air-water-waste permitting, plan writing, due diligence support, and safety compliance. Jane has conducted compliance auditing for clients in the airline, energy, and oil and gas industries and has experience in Title V, NSR, PSD permitting, as well as strategic air compliance planning. Ms. Besch is a Certified Permitting Professional within the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Jane holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MBA from Marquette University, and a Masters of Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. 

 

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Andrina Dominguez – Vice President of Membership ()

Environmental Specialist, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Andrina Dominguez is an Environmental Specialist with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Andrina’s work focuses on CEQA and NEPA documentation, mitigation monitoring and reporting, construction monitoring, Native American consultation, and climate change adaptation and resiliency. She works on multiple capital projects like the Regional Connector Transit Project and the Link Union Station Project. She also serves as a steering committee member of the Metro Emerging Professionals Association (MEPA) and as a committee member and volunteer for the Women’s Transportation Seminar Los Angeles Chapter (WTS-LA). She graduated from the University of Southern California magna cum laude with a B.S. in Policy Planning and Development, specializing in Sustainable Planning.

 

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Melanie Traxler, AICP – Financial Officer ()

Principal, Planning PLUS/P+

Melanie Traxler is Principal at Planning PLUS/P+, an environmental consulting firm based in Southern California. Ms. Traxler provides consulting and contract services for a range of land use and environmental planning needs. Melanie earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Bradley University. 

 

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Ian Forrest, Esq. – Legislative Liaison ()

Senior Licensing & Environmental Attorney, Southern California Edison

Ian Forrest is the Senior Licensing & Environmental Attorney at Southern California Edison. Ian’s practice focuses on the licensing and development of energy utility infrastructure, environmental law, regulatory affairs, and land use development and policy. Ian previously served as the LA-AEP Chapter President. Mr. Forrest holds a B.A. in Environmental Analysis & Design from the University of California, Irvine and a J.D. from Boston College. 

 

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Meghan Directo – Administrative Officer 

Project Manager/Project Environmental Planner, Chambers Group, Inc.

Meghan Directo is a Project Manager and Project Environmental Planner at Chambers Group, Inc.  She is based in their local Los Angeles office. Meghan has over nine years of experience providing environmental planning and policy services, including preparing various CEQA and NEPA documents for local, state, and federal agencies as well as for private clients. She has a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Redlands and a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Southern California.

 

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Jake Sneider - Website Liaison 

Project Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants 

Mr. Sneider is an environmental scientist with over 8 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Mr. Sneider has obtained the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certification from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, board-certified credential. He has worked in a variety of capacities in environmental consulting including: operating and maintaining groundwater treatment and Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) remediation systems; conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; and implementing remedial investigations, including groundwater, soil and soil gas sampling. In addition, Mr. Sneider is the GIS/Database Manager for Geosyntec’s Pasadena office with expertise in data analysis and visualization utilizing the latest GIS software tools, database management, and data-based three dimensional modeling using Environmental Visualization System (EVS) software. Jake earned his B.S. in Soil Sciences from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. 

 

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Shannon Walker, ENV SP - Website Liaison 

Environmental Specialist, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Shannon Walker is an Environmental Specialist with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  Throughout Shannon’s 4 years at Metro she has focused on environmental compliance and CEQA/NEPA clearances on a number of major capital construction projects and is currently assigned to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.  This is Shannon’s third year as a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of AEP and her first year on the LA AEP Board of Directors.  She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University, Channel Islands.

  

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Shelby Thibodeaux – Member At Large

Farm Manager, One Gun Ranch

Shelby Thibodeaux is the Farm Manager at One Gun Ranch. Shelby is a recent graduate from Texas Tech University earning her B.A. in the Environment and the Humanities and a B.A. in French Language and Literature. Shelby’s environmental degree was a mixture between environmental science, philosophy, and English, with lots of experience in nature, including but not limited to a camping trip to Palo Duro Canyon, the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival, and a two week canoe trip on the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Upper Missouri River in Montana. 

 

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Jennifer Pezda - Member At Large

Environmental Planner, Aspen Environmental Group 

Jennifer Pezda is an Environmental Planner at Aspen Environmental Group. Her responsibilities include preparing environmental reports and appurtenant documents for local, regional and federal projects as well as conducting policy and socioeconomic analysis. Prior to Aspen, Jennifer worked as an environmental public policy & planning intern at SoCalGas, conducting analysis and preparing reports of state, regional and local environmental policies and planning efforts with particular focus on energy system planning. Jenny earned a B.A. in Environmental Science/Policy from U.C. San Diego and received her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. 

 

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Ha Chung – Member At Large

Air Quality Specialist, Environmental Science Associates

Ha Chung is an Air Quality Specialist in Environmental Science Associates (ESA) with two years of experience in CEQA air quality, greenhouse gas, and acoustics analysis, fieldwork, and technical report writing. He holds a B.S. from UCLA in Environmental Science, with minors in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Systems and Societies, and Korean. He is currently headed to law school at the USC Gould School of Law (Class of 2020) to pursue a career in law. His practice interest includes environmental, energy, natural resource, land use, and construction law.

 

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Kristina Kropp – Member At Large

Attorney, Luna & Glushon

Kristina Kropp is an attorney with Luna & Glushon, a land use and environmental law firm. Ms. Kropp’s practice includes representation of property owners, neighborhood and environmental organizations, public agencies and developers with regard to a wide range of land use development and environmental planning issues, focusing on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Ms. Kropp holds a B.A. in Law, Letters and Society and Environmental Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Pepperdine University.

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