Advanced NEPA Workshops: Meet Our Speakers

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Marie Campbell

NAEP Immediate Past-President
President, Sapphos Environmental, Inc.

  • NAEP member since 1981
  • Over 35 years experience with environmental compliance
  • Served as Acting Chief, Environmental Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Firm received 2012  California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award and California Air Resources Board Climate Action Leader Award
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Geography
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Ecosystems

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Michael Drummond

NAEP Member

  • Served as Deputy Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act at the Council on Environmental Quality, 2013-2020
  • Supported drafting of the the first comprehensive update to CEQ’s NEPA implementing regulations
  • Led the development of the first government-wide reports on EIS timelines and page counts
  • Trained federal staff across multiple agencies on NEPA policy and compliance
  • Provided technical assistance to Congressional committees regarding environmental permitting legislation, including FAST-41   
  • J.D. from the University of Washington
  • School of Law.
  • B.A. from the Evergreen State College 

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P.E. (“Pam”) Hudson

NAEP Member
Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering
Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel

  • NAEP member since 2012
  • Teaches for Civil Engineer Corps Officers School in Port Hueneme
  • Served on the 2013 NAEP Committee for Best Practice Principles for Environmental Assessments, a CEQ Pilot Project
  • Received the NAEP's President's Service Award in 2014
  • Annually serves as an author of the yearly NEPA case law review for NAEP since 2014. 
  • Served as a litigator at large firms in private practice (Kilpatrick Townsend & Roetzel Andress)
  • Served as a federal clerk (N.D. Fla.)
  • JD Florida State University School of Law, where she was the Beverly Stout McLear Environmental and Land Use Scholar.

Any views expressed are Ms. Hudson’s personal views and not necessarily those of the Department of Defense, Navy or Federal Government. 

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Chuck Nicholson, Ph.D.

NAEP Board Member
Chair NEPA Practice Group
Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist, HDR

  • NAEP member  for over 10 years
  • 41 years of professional experience in the environmental and natural resources fields
  • 23 years as a NEPA compliance specialist
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Extensive experience in the preparation of EIS, EA, and CE documentation for wide range of actions
    • PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004
    • MS, Wildlife Management, University of Maine, 1978
    • BS, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1975

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Fred Wagner

NAEP Elected At-Large Board Member
Partner, Venable LLP

  • Chairs Transportation Research Board Legal Resources Section
  • Primary focus is major infrastructure and project development, NEPA reviews, and federal resources permitting
  • Served as Chief Counsel at Federal Highway Administration
  • Drafted NEPA reform measures in MAP-21 and the Fast Act
  • Served as a trial attorney at US Department of Justice, Environmental Division
  • JD UVA Law School 

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Michelle Rau, PMP

NAEP Board Secretary
National Environmental Policy Act Practice Leader
Jacobs Engineering

  • NAEP member since 2010
  • 20+ years of experience in environmental planning and project management.
  • Currently serves as the Jacobs NEPA practice manager and leads a group of over 200 environmental practitioners.
  • Extensive experience on Federal environmental compliance projects, including large scale and controversial EISs, involving more than a billion dollars of infrastructure.
  • M.B.A University of Colorado
  • B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Pittsburgh 

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Michael D. Smith, Ph.D.

NAEP Board Member,
California AEP Representative
Principal, WSP USA

  • NAEP member
  • 27 Years NEPA and CEQA Project and Program Experience
  • Managed and oversaw some of  the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, regulation of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards
  • Extensive experience as a NEPA and CEQA Trainer
  • Ph.D. Sociology (Environment and Natural Resources emphasis), Utah State University
  • M.A. Geography, University of Wyoming
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Ted Boling

Perkins Coie

  • Served as the country’s top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney as an associate director at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President.
  • Served at CEQ, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Democratic and Republican administrations.
  • Currently advises leaders on transportation and energy development projects, agencies that must hire outside counsel, and the environmental professionals that support them on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and infrastructure. 
  • Drafted NEPA guidance on mitigation and monitoring, cumulative impacts analysis, and the development categorical exclusions from detailed NEPA documentation.
  • Advised the White House on the establishment of numerous national monuments, including the first marine national monuments in the United States and the largest marine protected areas in the world. He also assisted in briefing three U.S. Supreme Court cases.
  • Handled matters involving energy development on the outer continental shelf, including offshore wind power development, and the fast track for solar and wind energy projects on public lands. 

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Rich Walter

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