Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Pam Xander has joined their Seattle office as a Principal Associate. Pam brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, conducting, and preparing environmental studies and has worked with public agencies and private developers on more than 200 small- and large-scale projects requiring State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes.
In addition to consulting for other local firms, Pam ran her own firm specializing in SEPA and permitting for 18 years. Garnering trust among clients and stakeholders, Pam played key roles in several large-scale projects such as the South Lake Union Park Redevelopment, Space Needle Renovations, Port of Seattle Terminal 91 Cruise Terminal, and Sea-Tac Airport Rental Car Facility, as well as numerous port maritime and aviation projects.
“Pam’s expertise and project history really augment our SEPA, NEPA, and permitting capabilities, and strengthen our Community Development practice as a whole. She cultivates positive, long-lasting relationships with public agencies, seaports, airports, and private developers by finding the most effective ways to solve environmental review and permitting challenges,” says Margaret Clancy, ESA’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director. “Pam’s unique ability to get clients through the planning and permitting processes to project construction in a timely way is a highly valued commodity in a thriving region like ours.”
Pam’s expertise in the SEPA documentation process stems from her appreciation for all aspects of environmental planning and public involvement. From water and land use to air and acoustic quality, Pam is well-versed in the array of environmental considerations that are linked through SEPA to promote better decision-making. Outside of the office, Pam is an active member of multiple organizations, including Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and Washington Public Ports Association. She also serves as the president of her neighborhood community council and as board chair of a local non-profit childcare center.