As Northern California Water Business Group Director, Alisa serves large- and small-scale water agency clients throughout the greater Bay Area and Northern California. She has led some of ESA’s largest, most complex projects and contracts, ensuring a high level of quality and meeting challenging deadlines and budgets.
1. What is your favorite ESA moment/memory so far?
After almost 24 years there are so many! One set of memories is seeing our projects in the ground and serving the beneficial purposes intended. One set is collaborating with, sharing time, and supporting/being supported by all the great folks we work with.
2. What does it mean to you to be part of an employee-owned company?
It means we work for each other, and for ourselves. We all get to influence the work we do, how we do that work, and how successful we are at achieving our goals.
3. What has been your favorite job in your career and why?
Besides this one, it was performing and teaching hula, which even took me abroad a couple of times.
4. What keeps you coming to work here at ESA every day?
The people. It’s always the people!
5. What is your hidden or special talent(s)?
I am a Tetris champ. I know of no one that can Tetris up a car, closet, pantry, or dishwasher quite like I can.
6. What's your favorite thing to do when you are out of the office?
Cooking, and sharing what I make - if I were not an environmental consultant, I'd want to feed people professionally.
7. Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
Until just over a year ago, I have never lived more than a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. And I really miss it.
8. What is the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
You are never too good to get your hands dirty. And also, respect your elders!
9. What are three skills that you bring to the ESA team? In other words, what should colleagues know to reach out to you about?
- Listening and mentoring
- Leading multi-disciplinary/multi-phase project teams
- Client engagement and collaboration
10. Describe your role at ESA and the type of work you do.
I am the Director of the Northern California Water Group, am an ESOP Trustee, and help manage the NorCal DEI Internship Program. I also manage projects, and perform aesthetic resources and recreation resources studies/assessments.
Alisa teaching an online hula class last year with her furry friend in the audience.