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Tuesday: Career Development Workshop

Betty Dehoney and John Esson 
Career Development Workshop
9:00–9:55 AM PT | 12:00–12:55 PM ET

About the Session

9:00–9:10 AM PT | 
12:00–12:10 PM ET
9:10–9:30 AM PT | 
12:10–12:30 PM ET
Betty Dehoney, NAEP President
9:30–9:45 AM PT | 
12:30–12:45 PM ET
John Esson, "Job Trends"
 9:45–9:55 AM PT | 
12:45–12:55 PM ET
Questions and Answers

About the Speakers

Betty Dehoney

Betty Dehoney
Dehoney Consulting LLC
President of NAEP 

Betty is responsible for the delivery of complex environmental documents (including NEPA, CEQA, SEPA, ESA, CWA, 106, other state and local regulatory programs, etc.) for major infrastructure programs. She is responsible for the technical accuracy of environmental documents, strategic guidance to agencies to support the navigation of the projects through the regulatory process, and mentoring staff for their professional growth. Her projects have included large scale water delivery, water resources, habitat conservation programs, wetland restorations programs, transportation, and energy development. With a master’s and bachelor’s in biology, much of Betty’s project experience has focused on creating sustainable solutions for challenges with natural resources. Although Betty has spent her professional career as a consultant working for environmental companies, she has contributed to the education of our future leaders teaching courses at the University of San Diego for over 10 years and teaching courses at University of California San Diego at their Extension program for professionals in the field.
Betty’s activities have been recognized by her peers in many arenas, including recognition from the California Chapter of AEP for Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Profession: AEP President’s Award, Innovative Chapter Programs.  CEQA Initial Study Evaluation; Certificate of Merit recognition for several environmental documents; and Outstanding Chapter Activity – Legislative Committee (Committee Chair). Other recognition includes acknowledgement by the State of California with a Proclamation for the Batiquitos Lagoon Enhancement Project and APA Section Planning Award - Outstanding Planning Project. Serving the environmental professionals is also very important; Betty has served AEP as the chapter lead on the Legislative Review Committee for over 10 years as well as serving on ABCEP Certification Review Board and Board of Trustees.
Having our regulators and decision-makers be more informed of the resources that the NAEP membership can bring to creating practicable and sustainable environmental solutions to the nation’s challenges will be one of Betty’s goals on the Board. That, combined with providing our membership with value-added benefit for their membership is also an important challenge for the Board.

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John Esson

John Esson
Environmental Career Center

John Esson is the Director of the Environmental Career Center and PASE Corps founder, an advanced environmental training and staffing program. He has 30+ years of experience in natural resources, sustainability, and environmental planning with Federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofits, and private sector including 17 years as president of a national environmental firm. He led environmental career employment surveys in cooperation with professional associations including NAEP.  He operated the web’s first environmental niche job board since 1995 (, and published the Green Careers Journal.  He is a long-time NAEP member and was Chairman of their Career Development Committee and Subcommittee for seven years.  John enjoys environmental career coaching and leading Environmental Career events for universities.

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