Terri Avila
Meet Terri
Office: Santa Monica
(310) 451-4488 | email

We believe that a community’s history shapes its future.

Communities are made of thousands of interactions between ordinary people and the places they live, be it an urban waterfront, a rural floodplain, a coastal village, or a suburban greenbelt. When we look at a community’s history, we bring rigor to getting the story right―how things got the way they are, how people have shaped the place, how to make what a community loves about a place last, and how their vison for a place can come to fruition.

ESA helps communities plan for some of the biggest challenges of our times: improved transportation systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, floodplain and shoreline management , and addressing environmental health inequities. We have worked with communities since our firm’s founding in 1969 with a team of more than 80 people driven by the ability to make positive change in the places we all live.

We integrate environmental science every step of the way. We partner with public- and private-sector clients to map the path from vision to reality, balancing our clients’ desired results and the need to protect critical resources while addressing socioeconomic concerns.

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