President's Message

Winter 2020

Happy New Year to our AEP Membership! I look forward to working with the AEP Board of Directors to continue to bring you exciting and educational programs. Our Board of Directors for 2020 includes:

  • President – William Halligan, Esq. PlaceWorks

  • Executive Vice President – Mindy Fogg, County of Ventura

  • VP of Finance – Lynn Calvert-Hayes, LSA Associates

  • VP of Administration – Konnie Dobreva, EPD Solutions, Inc

  • NAEP Liaison – Michael Smith, EnerCon

  • Director-at-Large – Laurel Lees, A Stellar Co.

  • Director-at-Large – Claudia Garcia, Ascent Environmental

  • Director-at-Large – Marie Campbell, Sapphos Environmental

Look for the 2020 CEQA Statues and Guidelines very soon. All members in good standing receive a complimentary copy of the book each year. Books are expected to ship the end of January/early February. I would like to highlight ICF International and specifically Greta Brownlow and Liz Irvin for their hard work in producing and editing AEP’s CEQA Statute and Guidelines and also ICF’s Terry Rivasplata for the summaries of CEQA court cases and legislative actions. Many thanks also go to Grant Reddy with PlaceWorks for graphic design support.

The second year of the 2019-2020 Legislative Session is already off and running with a number of bills of interest to AEP. Our Legislative Review Committee will continue to work with our Lobbyist, Matt Klopfenstein, in Sacramento to make sure our voices are heard. We are also planning our Day-at-the-Capitol for March where we will meet with various legislators to discuss this year’s CEQA bills.

Our CEQA Advanced Workshops will be held at the end of February. A copy of the agenda is in this addition of the Environmental Monitor. For updated agenda, location and registration information, please visit,

The 2020 Conference will be held at the beautiful Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, April 19-22, 2020. The Conference-at-Glance has been sent out to members and is included in this issue of the Environmental Monitor. AEP is actively seeking sponsors for the 2020 conference. If you would like to showcase your services to over 400 environmental professionals, then this is the best way to get your brand exposed! Online registration and hotel reservations are open. Unfortunately, AEP’s room block at the reduced rate is sold out, although rooms at the regular room rate are still available. More Information is available in this issue of the EM and at

I hope that you continue to enjoy and appreciate the benefits and services that AEP provides and the efforts of the Board to keep the organization improving. We strive to keep our members updated with the most current information in the environmental profession as well offer numerous trainings to make your careers more fulfilling and rewarding. All of AEP programs are AICP & MCLE certified.

If you would like to get more involved with AEP, we have many opportunities at the local and state levels. We also welcome input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to talk any chapter or state board member if you have comments on the organization or questions on involvement.

We appreciate your continued dedication to AEP and thank you for being a member!

William Halligan, Esq.
AEP President