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Planning for Environmental Justice

This blog was co-authored by Project Environmental Scientist Haley McDaniel.   What Is Environmental Justice in Planning? National Community Planning Month is an opportune time to consider how pollution doesn’t impact all people…

Sarah Sieloff Brownfield Redevelopment, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development
EPA Proposes Designating PFAS as Hazardous Substances under CERCLA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on August 26, 2022, that it is proposing to designate two of the most common and most studied PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) compounds as hazardous substances under the…

Erik Naylor Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Petroleum, Sediment, Solid Waste and Recycling
Should You Be Pursuing an EPA Brownfields Grant? Now is the Time to Decide

Why first-movers may see advantages this year It’s the most wonderful time of the year, sort of. EPA recently released updates related to this year’s competition for grants in its Brownfields Program. The 2022 call for grant applications…

Sarah Sieloff Brownfield Redevelopment, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development
Meet Amanda Bixby, GIT, Staff Geologist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. In 2014, I moved to Bellingham, Washington, to attend Western Washington University and have lived here ever since. What do you do at MFA? As an…

Audrey Hackett MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Celebrates National Intern Day 2022

MFA interns provide new ideas, creative solutions, and fresh perspectives to our work. While supporting our teams, MFA interns are encouraged to explore opportunities that interest them and build the foundational skills every developing…

Carly Schaefer MFA Staff and Culture
New Employees Join MFA in May and June

Our team welcomed six new employees at MFA that strongly demonstrate our values of innovation, collaboration, agility, respect, and excellence. Welcome to the team! Naomi Friberg Naomi joins MFA as an accounting assistant working out of the…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Justin Lenahansen, Project Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in suburbs north of the city. I currently live about 10 miles south of Seattle in Renton, Washington. What do you do at MFA? I am an…

Audrey Hackett MFA Staff and Culture
Celebrating Pride Month with LGBTQ+ Leaders in Science and Technology

In honor of Pride Month, MFA is recognizing influential LGBTQ+ leaders in the sciences. Explore the biographies and resources we’ve gathered to learn more about the life and work of these four incredible people. Rachel Carson American…

Jessica Letteney MFA Staff and Culture
New Employees Join MFA and FLO Analytics

Join us in welcoming four new employees at MFA and our wholly owned subsidiary, FLO Analytics! Sean Henderson Sean joins the MFA team as a graphic designer working out of the Portland office. He brings more than eight years of design…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Promotes Michael Murray, RG, LHG, PE, to Principal Hydrogeologist

MFA is proud to announce the promotion of Michael Murray, RG, LHG, PE, to principal. Michael is a principal hydrogeologist passionate about helping clients navigate complex regulatory and legal landscapes. His work providing contaminant…

Michael J. Pickering, RG, LG MFA Staff and Culture
Eight New Employees Join the MFA and FLO Analytics Brands

The need for talented staff continues as demand for our services increases. Join us in welcoming eight new employees to MFA and our geographic information systems (GIS) brand, FLO Analytics! Daniel Eisenbeis Dan joins MFA as a senior planner…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Calen Busch, GIT, Staff Geologist

Where are you from and where do you live now?  I grew up in north Spokane, Washington, and I currently live in nearby Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. What do you do at MFA? I am a geologist working out of our Idaho office, primarily involved in…

Christina M. Johnson, RG, LG, PG MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Jessica Glenn, Senior Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am originally from the coast of Maine, and I currently live in Portland, Oregon. I like to say I moved from one Portland to another, and I love them both. What do you do at MFA? I’m an…

Michael J. Pickering, RG, LG Environmental, MFA Staff and Culture, Sediment
A Day in the Life of an MFA Senior Engineer

National Engineers Week 2022 is in full swing! Today we are taking you through a day in the life of Kristi Boon, senior engineer, who has been at MFA for over five years. A senior engineer’s day might look a little different than Staff…

Kristi Boon, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
A Day in the Life of an MFA Staff Engineer

Engineers Week 2022 has officially begun! MFA is excited to recognize and celebrate the hardworking engineers who have dedicated their careers to making a difference in our natural and built worlds. Our daily lives are impacted by the…

Garrick Kalmeta, EIT Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Kathryn Murdock, Project Communications Specialist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born just outside Tokyo, Japan, and lived in four states before I was eight. My family moved to Seattle when I was in third grade, and I’ve lived in, or near, Seattle ever since. What…

Charla Skaggs Communications and Outreach, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Promotes Phil Wiescher, PhD, to Principal Environmental Scientist

MFA is proud to announce the promotion of Phil Wiescher, PhD, to principal. Phil holds a PhD in biology and has over 15 years of experience in environmental consulting and scientific research. His expertise includes in-water and upland…

Merideth D'Andrea, RG, LG, PG MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Grows by Nine New Hires at the Start of the New Year

Our team has grown! We have hired nine employees since November 2021, and more are on their way as the need for consultants and business support staff at MFA grows. Join us in welcoming these folks to the MFA! Jessica Letteney Jessica joins…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Promotes Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP, to Principal Planner

MFA is proud to announce the promotion of Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP, to principal. Seth is a principal planner with a passion for community development, urban revitalization, and environmental conservation. His work focuses on land use…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE MFA Staff and Culture, Planning & Community Development
Meet Ellery Howard, PE, Senior Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born, raised, and currently live in North Idaho. What do you do at MFA? I am a senior engineer, so managing design projects is an integral part of what I do here at MFA. I also am…

Kara Beaudoin, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Imagining a New Future for Expo Idaho

Redeveloping Expo Idaho Fairs offer excitement and fun for kids from 1 to 92. Fairgrounds, however, require large amounts of land, and it can be challenging to keep that land and those assets active and contributing to the public benefit…

Sarah Sieloff Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Meet Brooke James, Staff Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Southern California but have lived in the Portland metro area since I was 5 years old. What do you do at MFA? My title as staff engineer means that I collaborate with colleagues…

Kara Beaudoin, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture