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Dana McGowan Joins ESA as Cultural Resources Practice Leader
Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Dana McGowan, RPA has joined the firm as Cultural Resources Practice Leader. From our Sacramento office, Dana will lead the firm’s Cultural Resources Practice, which is comprised of a team of 60 professionals including prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, preservation planners, maritime archaeologists, and curation specialists. Dana replaces Dr. Mitch Marken, who remains a key member of ESA’s cultural resources team with an expanded role in national marketing and business development.
“Under Dana’s leadership our cultural team will continue to grow on the successful trajectory of providing clients with expertise in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Her thorough understanding of regulations and proven portfolio of complex projects will represent a broader foundation of knowledge for our clients to draw from.” said Brian Ramos, PhD, ESA’s Chief Operating Officer.
Dana is a registered professional archaeologist with over 34 years of industry experience. She is a recognized expert in NEPA, CEQA and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. She brings extensive experience conducting environmental work for all types of infrastructure, including transportation, water, and energy projects, as well as wide-ranging rail experience. She is skilled at bridging environmental compliance and construction, and spent more than a decade working on the San Francisco Transportation Authority’s Doyle Drive Replacement Project.
Before joining ESA, Dana was the Environmental Manager of Parsons-Brinckerhoff’s Program Management Team (PMT) for the California High Speed Rail Project, overseeing the environmental work for the entire 520 mile long project. Before that, Dana was the Branch Leader for a publically held international firm’s Sacramento office where she led a multidisciplinary team of 150 full-time personnel and was also responsible for the marketing and client service for the firm’s cultural resources program throughout the United States.