Authors

Adrienne Garcia
Adrienne Garcia is an Assistant ESG Proposal & Project Manager for the ADEC Innovations team. Hailing from Huntington Beach, California, Adrienne attended UC San Diego and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Systems (Environmental Policy) in 2016. Prior to her time with ADEC, she interned with the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department and served as an Americorps CivicSpark Fellow for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). She is highly interested in implementing more sustainable practices and policies in the corporate environment. She has enjoyed assisting the ADEC team in developing meaningful proposal and technical support and looks forward to continuing to work with individuals that are dedicated to creating a more sustainable future.
Alec Villanueva
Alec Villanueva is a Biological Resources Specialist who has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), and as a student research assistant at the University of California Davis. He has experience conducting biological surveys across the state of California. He is knowledgeable of the environmental review process under CEQA, the California Fish and Game Code, and State and federal Endangered Species Acts. His experience also includes drafting biological reports, identifying plant and animal species, collecting water quality data, using the ArcGIS software and global positioning system (GPS) devices, as well as operating motorized watercraft, and all-terrain vehicles.
Alicia Godlove
Alicia Godlove is a Project Manager on the Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG)/Sustainability Team. She has nearly 10 years’ experience in various aspects of sustainability including green auditing, carbon accounting, energy efficiency improvements, and responsible sourcing. Most recently, Alicia was a Manager, Materials Services managing a team responsible for auditing programs and conducting training to expand local auditing and sales capacity to China, India, and Europe. Alicia was the Senior Technical Associate at SCS Global Services where she was the project manager for more than 40 domestic and international clients and conducted over 30 onsite audits in the US, Europe, and China to verify environmental systems, workplace conditions, and quality management systems to standards based on ISO 9001. In addition, Alicia held a number of different roles at firms including Strategic Sustainability Consulting, DNV GL (formerly KEMA, Inc.), William J. Clinton Foundation and Spotts, Stevens & McCoy, Inc. With her Master’s Thesis Group Project on community sustainability planning in Santa Paula, CA, Alicia received her Master of Environmental Science and Management with a Specialization in Corporate Environmental Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. She also received her B.A. in Biology from Pomona College.
Ashley Chin
With an international background in countries across the Pacific, Ashley Chin's commitment to and interest in sustainability and sustainable tourism spans years of work in Hawaii and New Zealand. An alumna of the University of Auckland's Graduate School of Management, Ashley subscribes to the belief that creativity and storytelling in marketing can foster real connections between an organization and its audience. She hopes to help her brilliant colleagues at FCS/ADEC Innovations bring the company's story to life and communicate its message of environmental stewardship and sustainability to a global audience.
Brittany Hagen
Brittany Hagen is an Environmental Services Analyst with extensive experience in CEQA and NEPA. She has substantive knowledge in the environmental scoping process and in preparation of environmental review documents, including initial studies that comply with CEQA and NEPA requirements. In addition, Ms. Hagen is knowledgeable with the use of software such as, ArcMap, ESRI Story Map Application, ArcGIS Online, and GeoPlanner. Ms. Hagen also has working proficiency in Spanish, Swedish, German, French, and American Sign Language.
Dana DePietro
Dana is the Associate Director for FirstCarbon Solutions. He has more than 16 years of experience in all aspects of cultural resources management, including prehistoric and historic archaeology, paleontology, materials conservation, history of art and architecture, and community engagement.
FCS
FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Organization, offers a full complement of efficient, practical and cost-effective services to assess and manage the environmental impact of new and modified projects. FCS has over 37 years of experience across more than 8,000 projects subject to CEQA requirements.
George Lu
With over 11 years’ experience in air quality, greenhouse gases, and sustainability planning, George is ADEC’s Senior Scientist, Air Quality & Climate Change, supporting the Air Quality/GHG Environmental Services group and ESG group. George has been responsible for the Air Quality and GHG sections for EIR/EISs and emissions inventories for climate action planning projects in California, throughout the US, and internationally. George graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Environmental and Resource Science.
Hunter Donovan
After graduating from Santa Clara University in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and Theatre, Hunter Donovan has joined the Environmental, Social, and Governance team at ADEC Innovations. She has been working on CDP related projects as well as CSR reports and GHG inventories. She is hoping to become an environmental lawyer in the future and has an interest in environmental justice.
Jackson Williams
Jackson began his internship with FCS in July 2020 as a rising junior at the University of San Diego (USD) pursuing a major in Environmental Science with a minor in Italian. At USD, Jackson spent time working as a lab technician for the Environmental Science Department. After graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in either Environmental and Ocean Science, or a program related to business or law.
Jason Brandman
As Vice President, Business Development, Jason is responsible for working with clients around North America to provide them solutions that meet their needs. With more than 26 years’ experience, Jason has been providing his knowledge and expertise in planning, environmental impact assessment and public policy analysis to major corporations, attorney's, various business entities, and state, regional, and local jurisdictions throughout California and the western United States.As a recognized leader in his field, Jason has worked on a wide range of complex and controversial projects including downtown revitalization plans, major mixed-use developments, large/small scale residential developments, regional transportation corridor and utility transmission line studies, and commercial and industrial developments. Jason is a recognized expert in the management and analysis of Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental Assessments, Mitigated Negative Declarations, Specific Plans and water/wastewater resource and hazardous material studies, planning land use, aesthetic analysis, transportation/circulation, geology, hydrology, public services, utilities and cultural resources. Jason is also quite active in speaking at seminars and conferences where he regularly provides informative presentations to public agencies, private organizations, and the public at large. Jason earned his Bachelor's degree in Urban Geography from California State University at Fullerton.
Kathleen McCully
Kathleen McCully joined FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) as an Environmental Analyst in April 2019. As a part of the Environmental Services Team, she primarily assists with analyzing environmental impacts of development projects and writing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents. Kathleen graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. Kathleen has taken the lead on keeping the Walnut Creek office’s new California Green Business Certification and helping all other California FCS offices begin the journey to becoming an official Green Business.
Kerri Tuttle
Kerri Tuttle, MS, is the Senior Director of Sales/Operations and Environmental Services for FCS. In this role, she evaluates clients’ evolving regulatory and sustainability needs, matching the appropriate teams and skill sets for maximum efficacy, and streamlining processes for achieving deliverables. Kerri has more than 24 years of professional experience leading environmental investigations, preparing environmental impact analyses, and securing necessary environmental permits and approvals from local, State, and federal entities on behalf of private and public clients throughout California.
Madelyn Dolan
Maddie Dolan joined FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) as an Environmental Services Intern in May 2019. She is a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley, double majoring in Environmental Economics & Policy and Society & Environment. Before interning at FirstCarbon Solutions, she worked for Bay Area Green Tours and Global Green Economic Forum in Singapore. She currently holds positions as UC Berkeley Panhellenic Vice President of Sustainability and Co-President of “Greening the Greeks.” Maddie is particularly passionate about Environmental Justice issues and hopes to continue her education with a Master’s in Public Policy or a related field.
Mary Bean
Mary is FCS's Environmental Services Director and has more than 24 years of experience managing the preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents in both the public and private sectors.   She is knowledgeable about a broad range of environmental topics, backed by her experience in the field, research, technical writing, and planning. She specializes in leading interdisciplinary teams in the preparation of technical studies that support environmental clearance at the local, State, and national levels. Her depth of experience allows her to be particularly effective in strategizing with clients about the most efficient approach to environmental review. In her 7 years with FCS, Mary has successfully led FCS’s services on more than 450 projects.
Matthew McLaughlin
Matthew McLaughlin’s fifteen-plus years of experience in Project and Operations Management is helping FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) grow into a leader in the Sustainability industry. His strategic planning, management of day-to-day operations, and support for critical projects allows FCS’ technical specialists and Directors the ability to work with clients from all over the world, ensuring their business is not only compliant, but at the forefront of sustainability and environmentalism. Along with being the behind-the-scenes support, Matthew uses his years of experience in process improvement and technical writing to help find ways to make the company run more smoothly with clearly defined policies and procedures, documented processes, and updated and modern technologies. Matthew graduated from the University of Florida and currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.
Megan Crawford
Megan Crawford is an Associate Scientist who joined the Environmental, Social, and Governance Team in August 2015. Megan provides substantial assistance working with clients on a variety of sustainability projects, including CDP consulting services, GHG inventories, Corporate Social Responsibility reports, and more. Megan has strong interests in environmental sustainability and sustainable development through environmental design (e.g. LEED, solar, green building, xeriscaping, etc.). Megan graduated from the University of California, Irvine in June 2015 with a B.S. in Earth System Science and minors in Biological Sciences and Global Sustainability. While at UCI, Megan was involved with sustainability on campus through PowerSave Campus Program and the Global Sustainability Resource Center. Megan also interned with the Center for Environmental Biology, working in conjunction with Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Crystal Cove Alliance on environmental projects, including vegetation monitoring, ecological restoration, and informal science education. In addition, Megan participated in undergraduate research and completed a senior thesis on Arctic lake productivity in connection with the carbon cycle.
Megan Starr
Megan Starr, JD, is a licensed Attorney who has more than 20 years of experience in providing support and direction to multiple stakeholders on large projects involving state and federal environmental laws, including CEQA, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. She has represented a wide variety of public agencies, including cities, counties, school districts, community services districts, transportation agencies, and water districts, with environmental and land use planning.
Phil Ault
Phil has over ten years of experience in noise and air quality environmental impact analysis, and prepares stand-alone noise and air quality studies, as well as studies in compliance with CEQA and NEPA requirements. Phil has conducted extensive research in environmental and energy topics, including energy efficient project design, sizing of wind and solar PV hybrid generator systems, and project greenhouse gas emission impacts related to global climate change. He has also conducted extensive research into LEED for Neighborhood Developments, a tool developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a standard for sustainable community design and development, and how such tools can blend with CEQA requirements. Phil leads the air quality and noise impact assessment team for FCS and manages the Fresno office.

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