As Biological Resources Director for ESA’s Seattle office, Ilon leads a group of a dozen biologists who specialize in environmental assessment, permitting and compliance, mitigation planning and implementation, and monitoring. Ilon’s practice focuses on science-based policy, watershed assessment and planning, wetland and wildlife science, and environmental compliance.
Ilon has 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest. She leads ecosystem assessment and recovery planning projects that tackle natural resource issues at a watershed scale, require spatial analysis, and deliver products using to decision-makers. She also works on project permitting and regulatory compliance and has successfully assisted clients in obtaining Section 404 permits, water quality certifications, hydraulic project approvals, and critical areas permits from local municipalities. Ilon has helped numerous local jurisdictions implement their critical area ordinances by providing third-party review and has assisted with the update process, using best available science.
Ilon earned a Master of Marine and Environmental Affairs degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, both from the University of Washington. She serves as a student practicum advisor for the University of Washington Wetland Management Certificate program and is also a registered Professional Wetland Scientist.