As an Aviation Specialist and Project Manager at ESA, Chris brings specialized experience working at the intersection of environmental policy, business process improvement, and public engagement while building relationships across a wide range of stakeholder groups to improve environmental outcomes.
Before joining ESA, Chris worked for six years as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Headquarters project manager leading numerous environmental projects. While there, he led efforts to enhance community involvement policies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance processes, and analysis tools. He directed a multi-stakeholder effort to refine community involvement practices for air traffic modernization projects, including the FAA’s national Metroplex airspace redesign program.
At the FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy (FAA AEE), Chris co-managed the production of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), which superseded the Integrated Noise Model, the Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System, and the Noise Integrated Routing System – three regulatory environmental analysis tools that were industry-standard for decades. He also co-managed the production of the FAA’s Aviation Emissions and Air Quality Handbook Version 3, which advanced air emissions analysis guidance for aviation projects nation-wide.
This experience and his passion for transportation justice has made Chris an incredibly valuable team member for ESA’s Airports group, as well as a key player in ESA’s ongoing pursuit for environmental justice and equitable community outreach efforts.
Chris has earned two Master of Science degrees, one in Technology and Policy and the other in Aeronautics and Astronautics, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1. What is your favorite ESA moment/memory so far?
I attended the Southeast Region's holiday party on December 6th. The Region hosted an awards ceremony to honor the hard work that staff put in every day. I was so happy to see the diversity in backgrounds, skill sets, and personalities that ESA has.
2. What does it mean to you to be part of an employee-owned company?
It means that everything I do directly helps everyone else here at ESA!
3. What has been your favorite job in your career and why?
My favorite job has been my role as the Technical Director of the John F. Kennedy International Airport noise study and the Deputy Director of the LaGuardia Airport noise study, right here at ESA. These are two of the largest noise studies in aviation history, and I've had the opportunity to have great interactions with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and community members about aircraft noise.
Chris participated in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, an annual global fundraiser for men's health. New York City fielded 700 riders and raised over $200,000 – the largest amount raised worldwide in 2019.
4. What keeps you coming to work here at ESA every day?
Knowing that my expertise and viewpoints really make a positive difference for our clients.
5. What is your hidden talent?
I develop black and white photo film using Bustelo coffee and laundry detergent!
6. What's your favorite thing to do when you are out of the office?
I like to ride my motorcycle. The New York City motorcycle community has thousands of riders and is hugely diverse.
7. What are three skills that you bring to the ESA team? In other words, what should colleages know to reach out to you about?
- Aircraft noise modeling
- Environmental values
- Community Engagement