Meet our leadership team:

Our goal is to provide clients with a level of personal commitment and company reliability not found elsewhere. Together with our Senior Associates and technical and operational professionals, we are always aspiring to enhance our capabilities so we can better serve our clients’ needs.

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Gary D. Jakobs, AICP

Principal Environmental

Bio

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Curtis E. Alling, AICP

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Sydney B. Coatsworth, AICP

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Amanda Olekszulin

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Honey L. Walters

Principal  Air Quality
and Climate Change

Bio

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Linda Leeman, CWB

Principal – Natural Resources

Bio

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Allen Folks, RLA ASLA

Principal  Urban Design and Planning

Bio

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Chris Mundhenk

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Poonam Boparai

Principal  Air Quality
and
Climate Change

Bio

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Mike Parker, AICP

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Pat Angell

Principal  Environmental

Bio

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Eric J. Ruby

Principal  Environmental

Bio

Meet our technical and operational professionals:

The Ascent in-house team consists of many devoted professionals who are more than just highly qualified and competent environmental, planning, urban design, natural resources, and climate change consultants.  These environmental professionals also believe in the firm’s basic values and contribute strongly every day to making Ascent a caring, nimble, supportive, forward-thinking, enjoyable, and original company.

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Adriana Alba

Proposal Manager

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Corey Alling

Graphics and
Communications Specialist

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Carlos Alvarado

Wildlife Biologist

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Jazmin Amini

Transportation and
Environmental Planner

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Dimitri Antoniou, AICP

Air Quality, Climate Change,
and Noise Specialist

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Jessica Babcock

Environmental Planner

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Christine Babla, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Director of Urban Design
and Planning, San Diego

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Sean Bechta

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Chad Beckstrom, AICP

Senior Environmental Director

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Tammie Beyerl

Senior Botanist and
Wetland Ecologist

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Heather Blair

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Kristi Black, JD

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Joshua Boldt

Senior Biologist

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Lily Bostrom

Senior Environmental Planner

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Lisa Bradford

Project Accountant

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Stacey Bradford

Senior Lead Project Accountant

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Pam Brillante

 Biologist

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Jessica Buehrle

Human Resources Assistant

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Kirsten Burrowes

Environmental Planner

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Monica Bustos

Administrative Assistant

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Latonya Carson

Project Accountant

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Kevin Colin

Senior Planner

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Alta Cunningham

Architectural Historian/
Environmental Planner

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Kathleen Cuschieri

Biologist/
Environmental Planner

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Mike Eng

Senior Natural Resources Specialist

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Suzanne Enslow

Senior Project Manager

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Tristan Evert

Environmental Planner

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Jim Foust

Marketing Coordinator

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Allison Fuller

Wildlife Biologist

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Matthew Gelbman, AICP

Planner

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Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP

Planner/
Project Manager

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Nicole Greenfield

Environmental Planner

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Nanette Hansel

Senior Project Manager

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Steve Henderson

Senior Wildlife Biologist

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Tasha Hengl

Contracts Administrator

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Sarah Henningsen

Environmental Planner

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Shannon Hickey

Botanist and
Wetland Ecologist

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Brenda C. Hom

Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Shaurya Johari

Climate Change Analyst

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Kelley Kelso, CPESC

Environmental Scientist

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Christine Kenney

Marketing Manager

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Jamie Kirchner

Administrative Assistant

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Hannah Kornfeld, AICP

Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Rachel Kozloski, CPSS

Soil Scientist/
Environmental Planner

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Dan Krekelberg

Climate Planning Specialist

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Gayiety Lane

Document Production Specialist

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Sangwoo Lee, AICP, LEED AP

Senior Urban Designer

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Adam Lewandowski, AICP

Senior Project Manager

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Erin Longo

Senior Project Accountant

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Kai Lord-Farmer

Air Quality and
Climate Change Analyst


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Marianne Lowenthal

Environmental Planner

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Tiffany Lunday

Environmental Planner

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Amber Martin, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources/IT Manager

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Andrew Martin

Senior Environmental Planner

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Michele Mattei

Document Production Specialist

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Jim Merk

Editor/Project Coordinator

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Lisa Merry

GIS Specialist/
Resource Analyst

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Zachary Miller, AICP

Transportation and
Environmental Planner

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Richa Nanavati

Environmental Planner

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Phi V. Ngo

GIS Specialist/
Resource Analyst

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Jessica Mitchell, AICP

Environmental Planner

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Chelsey Payne, AICP

Director of Urban Design
and Planning, Sacramento

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Brian Perry

Senior Publications
and Graphics Specialist

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Rebecca Pope

Research Analyst

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Fred Pree

Senior Lead Project Accountant

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Tracy Prybyla, PACE

Office Administrator 

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Lara Rachowicz, PhD

Senior Environmental Project Manager/Senior Ecologist

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Stephanie Rasmussen

Environmental Planner

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Cori Resha, JD

Environmental Planner

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Charlie Richmond

Senior Environmental
Director

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Sam Ruderman

Climate Change Analyst

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Christy Ryan, CPSM

Marketing Director

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Parminder Sarow

Project Accountant

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Carrie Simmons

Environmental Analyst

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John Singlaub

Senior Environmental Planner

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Andrea Shephard, PhD

Senior Environmental Project Manager

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Kristen Stoner

Environmental Project Manager

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Anh Thai, LEED AP

Senior Planner and
Urban Designer


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Ted Thayer

Wildlife Biologist

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Kim Untermoser

Planner

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Malavika Vinod

Urban Designer

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Alyssa Way

Air Quality and
Climate Change Analyst

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Hannah Weinberger

Biologist

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Julia Wilson

Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Suzanne Wirth

Marketing Administrator

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Angie Xiong, AICP

Environmental and
Sustainability Planner


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Emilie Zelazo

Environmental Planner/
Cultural Resource
Specialist