Announcing MFA’s New Principals

Author: Steven P. Taylor, PE Published: August 15, 2018

Congratulations to Alan Hughes, Charla Skaggs, and Stacy Frost on their well-deserved promotions to Principal at MFA!

Alan, Charla, and Stacy each embody MFA’s core values of innovation, collaboration, agility, respect, and excellence. They are united in developing long term, positive relationships with MFA’s clients and staff, and they work every day to help make our communities better.

Alan Hughes, RG, LG, PG, began his career as a geologist nearly two decades ago, here at MFA. One of Alan’s first projects was cleaning up an old wood treating site in his hometown at the Port of Ridgefield.  While this early work proved Alan’s ability to handle complicated projects and keep clients happy, it also reinforced his commitment to doing work that uses science to positively impact our communities.

Alan has long been a trusted leader at MFA. Alan has been managing one of MFA’s largest and most complex projects for many years, an effort that focuses on remediation of basin-wide impacts from historical mining operations in the Pacific Northwest. Alan’s promotion to Principal recognizes his internal and external leadership and commitment to excellence.

When Charla Skaggs joined MFA, she brought a new service line to the firm—communication and outreach—and a unique perspective that is firmly rooted in the world of ports and other public agencies. Large public clients value Charla’s thoughtful approach to communication and outreach services, because she has been in their position as an agency staff member managing large communications needs with limited resources.

Charla’s promotion to Principal recognizes her leadership, optimism, and ability to help communities and organizations move forward. Charla works with leaders of industry, commerce, government, transportation, and education, helping them navigate public processes and reach decisions that lead to success.

Stacy J. Frost, PE, leads MFA’s site development and civil engineering services. Our clients and staff depend on Stacy for great energy, enthusiasm, and professional expertise. His work transforming the Astoria landfill into a community sports facility won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Phoenix Award for Region 10, and Stacy was personally awarded the national Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

From reclaiming an old pumice mine and landfill in Bend, Oregon, for development of his alma mater’s new Oregon State University Cascades Campus to integrated planning, public infrastructure design, and obtaining grant funding for the City of Vancouver’s Lower Grand Employment Area, Stacy has taken the helm on projects that are catalysts for positive change in northwest communities.