Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Terri (Vitar) Avila has been promoted to Community Development Practice Leader. She takes over the position from Brian Boxer, who was recently named Northern California Regional Director.
“Terri’s leadership has been integral to the successful completion of numerous CEQA and NEPA planning documents for development and natural resources projects throughout California,” said Gary Oates, ESA’s President. “Her award-winning environmental documentation and public facilitation expertise is key to advancing our community development practice as we help communities and agencies who strive to balance the built and natural environments while addressing growth demands and the challenges of aging infrastructure and climate change adaptation.”
Terri brings over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource planning. With a diverse background that includes urban and greenfield development, natural resources management, transportation, and water, she approaches her work from a multi-faceted perspective, demonstrating a unique ability to reconcile the competing demands of development and natural resources management. Terri managed the Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II EIR, which won the American Planning Association National Achievement Award for Hard Won Victories and an Award of Excellence from the American Council for Engineering Companies. She has completed many environmental documents throughout the state, from communities in Orange and Los Angeles counties to the Central Valley, and beyond. Her diverse clients include the cities of San Francisco, American Canyon, Pasadena, Huntington Beach, and Santa Ana and the County of Madera; the State Coastal Conservancy; private developers; and transportation agencies, such as the Los Angeles Metropolitan Agency and the United Kingdom Department of Transport.
Terri is a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals, American Planning Association, Southern California Water Committee, and Society of Wetland Scientists. She is qualified to serve as an environmental permitting and documentation expert witness.