Advanced NEPA Workshops: Meet Our Speakers

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Marie Campbell

Moderator
NAEP Immediate Past-President
President, Sapphos Environmental, Inc.

  • NAEP member since 1981
  • Over 35 years experience with environmental compliance
  • Served as Acting Chief, Environmental Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Firm received 2012  California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award and California Air Resources Board Climate Action Leader Award
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Geography
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Ecosystems

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Michael Drummond

Instructor
NAEP Member
Attorney-Advisor 
U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Served as Deputy Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act at the Council on Environmental Quality, 2013-2020
  • Supported drafting of the the first comprehensive update to CEQ’s NEPA implementing regulations
  • Led the development of the first government-wide reports on EIS timelines and page counts
  • Trained federal staff across multiple agencies on NEPA policy and compliance
  • Provided technical assistance to Congressional committees regarding environmental permitting legislation, including FAST-41   
  • J.D. from the University of Washington
  • School of Law.
  • B.A. from the Evergreen State College 

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P.E. (“Pam”) Hudson

Instructor
NAEP Member
NAVFAC SW
Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel

  • NAEP member since 2012
  • Teaches for Civil Engineer Corps Officers School in Port Hueneme
  • Served on the 2013 NAEP Committee for Best Practice Principles for Environmental Assessments, a CEQ Pilot Project
  • Received the NAEP's President's Service Award in 2014
  • Annually serves as an author of the yearly NEPA case law review for NAEP since 2014. 
  • Served as a litigator at large firms in private practice (Kilpatrick Townsend & Roetzel Andress)
  • Served as a federal clerk (N.D. Fla.)
  • JD Florida State University School of Law, where she was the Beverly Stout McLear Environmental and Land Use Scholar.

Any views expressed are Ms. Hudson’s personal views and not necessarily those of the Department of Defense, Navy or Federal Government. 

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Chuck Nicholson, Ph.D.

Instructor
NAEP Board Member
Chair NEPA Practice Group
Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist, HDR

  • NAEP member  for over 10 years
  • 41 years of professional experience in the environmental and natural resources fields
  • 23 years as a NEPA compliance specialist
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Extensive experience in the preparation of EIS, EA, and CE documentation for wide range of actions
    • PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004
    • MS, Wildlife Management, University of Maine, 1978
    • BS, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1975

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Fred Wagner

Instructor
NAEP Elected At-Large Board Member
Partner, Venable LLP

  • Chairs Transportation Research Board Legal Resources Section
  • Primary focus is major infrastructure and project development, NEPA reviews, and federal resources permitting
  • Served as Chief Counsel at Federal Highway Administration
  • Drafted NEPA reform measures in MAP-21 and the Fast Act
  • Served as a trial attorney at US Department of Justice, Environmental Division
  • JD UVA Law School 

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Michelle Rau, PMP

Instructor
NAEP Board Secretary
National Environmental Policy Act Practice Leader
Jacobs Engineering

  • NAEP member since 2010
  • 20+ years of experience in environmental planning and project management.
  • Currently serves as the Jacobs NEPA practice manager and leads a group of over 200 environmental practitioners.
  • Extensive experience on Federal environmental compliance projects, including large scale and controversial EISs, involving more than a billion dollars of infrastructure.
  • M.B.A University of Colorado
  • B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Pittsburgh 

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Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

Instructor
NAEP Board Member,
California AEP Representative
National Practice Leader – Environmental Process and Policy, WSP USA

  • NAEP member since 2005
  • 29 Years NEPA Project and Program Experience
  • Managed and oversaw some of  the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, regulation of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards
  • Extensive experience as a NEPA Trainer
  • Ph.D. Sociology (Environment and Natural Resources emphasis), Utah State University
  • M.A. Geography, University of Wyoming
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Ted Boling

Instructor
Partner
Perkins Coie

  • Served as the country’s top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney as an associate director at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President.
  • Served at CEQ, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Democratic and Republican administrations.
  • Currently advises leaders on transportation and energy development projects, agencies that must hire outside counsel, and the environmental professionals that support them on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and infrastructure. 
  • Drafted NEPA guidance on mitigation and monitoring, cumulative impacts analysis, and the development categorical exclusions from detailed NEPA documentation.
  • Advised the White House on the establishment of numerous national monuments, including the first marine national monuments in the United States and the largest marine protected areas in the world. He also assisted in briefing three U.S. Supreme Court cases.
  • Handled matters involving energy development on the outer continental shelf, including offshore wind power development, and the fast track for solar and wind energy projects on public lands. 

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Rich Walter

Instructor
Vice President
Environmental Planning 

  • Rich Walter has 29 years of experience in environmental planning, compliance strategy, permitting, and mitigation development and implementation.
  • He serves as project director/environmental lead for environmental planning for large-scale infrastructure projects for public agencies and private clients. He has worked with a wide variety of federal agencies on NEPA compliance including FRA, FTA, FAA, NPS, BLM, USACE, USFWS, and FERC.
  • Rich has also led ICF’s California Municipal Climate Action Planning practice since 2006 which has developed climate action plans, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for hundreds of communities across the U.S., general plan policies for climate change, cost-benefit analyses of emission reduction strategies, climate adaptation studies (including sea-level rise), as well as numerous California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents addressing GHG emissions and adaptation. 

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Emily Gulick

Instructor
NAEP Member
Environmental Planner
Jacobs Engineering

  • NAEP member since 2018
  • Five years of experience in environmental planning practice
  • Primarily focus on NEPA projects for a variety of space and military federal agencies
  • ABCEP Emerging Environmental Professional Achievement Award (2021)
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder (2016)
  • B.A. Geography, University of Colorado Boulder (2016)

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Michael Hendrix

Instructor
Michael Hendrix
Chair
AEP Climate Change Committee

  • Michael Hendrix is one of California's leading climate change and air quality scientists.
  • He is the current Chairperson for the AEP Climate Change Committee. In that capacity, he provides leadership within AEP on the issue of climate change and analysis of GHG emissions.
  • He has over 24 years of experience involving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions analysis, climate change analysis, and climate action planning.
  • He has done extensive research analyzing specific technical issues of air quality, GHG emissions, and global climate change, as they relate to project compliance with World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance and protocols, United States Ambient Air Quality Standards (AAQS), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • His experience also includes public outreach efforts for project-specific meetings and for informing local and State officials on general air quality and GHG emissions issues. 

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