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Maul Foster & Alongi’s Statement Against Racism

We must work to resist and reverse systemic racism in the communities where we live, work, and serve. We acknowledge that our society is built on systems and institutions that oppress Black people and Black communities. We have had the…

Alistaire Clary, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Merideth D’Andrea, Senior Geologist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Northeast Portland and am a proud Grant High School graduate (go Generals!). And while I have moved around quite a bit, I currently reside in NE, where my roots…

Alistaire Clary, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Kara Beaudoin, Senior Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I consider myself to be from both Chicago and California, and now happily call North Idaho (and the Kellogg, Idaho office!) my home. What do you do at MFA? I support the Coeur d’Alene…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG MFA Staff and Culture
Now Working at MFA! 12 New Professionals Join the Team

Get to know the 12 new professionals who have joined MFA! We are always interested in potential candidates to join the talented individuals who make up our team. For current job openings, please visit our online application…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
Fieldwork Season in Full Swing at the Bunker Hill Superfund Site

For many of MFA’s geologists, environmental scientists, and chemists, summer means long days of fieldwork at the Bunker Hill Superfund Site (BHSS), conducting several different concurrent environmental investigations. The BHSS includes areas…

Erik Naylor Environmental, GIS & Data Management, Health & Safety, Sediment
Meet Michael Murray, Senior Hydrogeologist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in West Linn, Oregon, and I now live in Lake Oswego, Oregon. What do you do at MFA? My technical background focuses on contaminant fate and transport in groundwater and sediment…

Alistaire Clary, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Ada Banasik and Erik Bakkom Promoted to Principal Engineer

Congratulations to Ada Banasik, PE and Erik Bakkom, PE, who have been named principal in recognition of their outstanding commitment to delivering excellence for MFA’s clients. Ada Banasik, PE, has a wealth of expertise in stormwater and…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Environmental Remediation Nearing Completion for New Portage Bay Park

The MFA team is wrapping up environmental remediation oversight for what will soon be Fritz Hedges Waterway Park, a new green space along Portage Bay on Lake Union in Seattle’s University District. The park is expected to be open to the…

Josh Elliott, PE Engineering, Environmental
Meet Abbi Russell, Senior Communications Specialist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Vancouver and raised in central Clark County. I spent most of my childhood fishing, camping, boating, riding horses, and skinning my knees. After six years living in the Carolinas…

Charla Skaggs MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Jerry Oelerich, Senior Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Iowa along the Mississippi River. I remember that there were a lot of cornfields, but I don’t like corn! So perhaps that wasn’t the ideal setting for me. My family moved to the…

Tyler Vick MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Haley McDaniel, Staff Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m from Osburn, ID, which is part of a larger community known as the Silver Valley, and I’m thankful to still live there today. My husband and I now own a home in the same neighborhood…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE MFA Staff and Culture
Now Working at MFA! 9 New Professionals Join Our Team

Get to know the nine new professionals who have joined the MFA team! Are you interested in working with us? For current job openings, please see our online application…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Phil Wiescher, Senior Environmental Scientist

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Indiana. It was very flat and I like the mountains so I decided to head west for college in Eugene and then Utah. I worked in the Portland MFA office for eight years and moved to…

Alistaire Clary, PE Environmental, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Cem Gokcora, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kristi Boon, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kyle Cotten, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Andrew Kaparos, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Celebrates National Engineers Week

Did you feel that magic in the air this morning? That special feeling that comes only one week a year in late February? The magic of National Engineers Week aka EWeek? It couldn’t have only been me that felt it…right? Either way, read on…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Brownfield Remediation Tax Credit Gets First Public Hearing

I provided testimony last week to the Oregon House Revenue Committee on the proposed Brownfield Remediation Tax Credit. This was the first public hearing on the bill in front of the Legislature. The bill has been carefully crafted over several…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment
Seattle Viaduct Closes, MFA Communications Team Keeps Truckin’ (or in this case, bicyclin’)

Today’s the day, Seattle-area residents. This evening, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will permanently close, resulting in a temporary shutdown of SR 99 through downtown Seattle. The aging and seismically vulnerable viaduct will be replaced with…

Kate Elliott Communications and Outreach
MFA’s Environmental and Engineering Industry Predictions for 2019

As the new year begins, we asked four of our colleagues at MFA to share their thoughts on the future of the environmental and engineering industry and the important issues our clients are facing. Here are their predictions for 2019—we hope…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, Environmental
MFA is Growing! Six New Professionals Join Our Team

Meet the newest additions to the MFA team! Amy DeVita-McBride, a staff engineer based in our Portland office, focuses on air quality work. Amy is a recent graduate with a master’s in environmental engineering from PSU and a bachelor’s…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Gives Back to Clark County Through Civic Leadership Program

From September 2017 to June 2018, I participated in Leadership Clark County, a program that aims to develop effective civic leaders who will serve the Clark County community. During the program, I was part of a diverse group of 35 Clark County…

Emily Hess, LG, RG MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Grant Herbert, Senior GIS Analyst/Developer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from New Zealand, and now I live in Seattle, Washington. What do you do at MFA? I manage a number of Local Government and Utilities Sector projects. I also provide…

Leora Werner MFA Staff and Culture
1200-Z Stormwater Discharge Permit Reissued by Oregon DEQ

In August, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) entered into a Settlement Agreement with environmental advocacy groups (Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center) and a group of industrial stormwater…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Stormwater
MFA Recognizes New ICARE Awards Recipients

Twice a year, MFA celebrates employees demonstrating our company values through the actions they take on the job and in the community—be it going the extra mile to assist a colleague and deliver results for our clients, simply emptying the…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Awards, MFA Staff and Culture
New SWIFT Center Model of Adaptive Reuse 

The SWIFT (Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow) Center in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, is a portal from the past into the future, and a model for how underutilized spaces can be reborn as thriving community assets. The SWIFT Center, in…

Jim Darling Engineering, Planning & Community Development
MFA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Services on Display at Two Conferences Sept. 20

Join Grant Herbert, Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst/Developer, and Erik Strandhagen, Senior GIS Analyst and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Remote Pilot, for presentations on the benefits, challenges, and…

Grant Herbert, GISP Brownfield Redevelopment, GIS & Data Management, Real Estate, Unmanned Aerial Systems
Another MFA Project Wins Washington State Governor’s Smart Communities Award

MFA is honored to have been part of a team that was recently awarded the 2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award in the Smart Projects category for the Skagit County Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment project. To assist the…

Yen-Vy Van, LHG Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Planning & Community Development
MFA Welcomes 9 New Colleagues

MFA is excited to welcome our newest colleagues to our growing team! Learn about the new additions and connect with them using the links, below. Nick Petersen, CPA, Senior Accountant, Vancouver Office Nick has a bachelor’s degree in…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
Meet MFA’s New Senior Environmental Scientist: Amy Peccia

For some, environmental compliance means just checking a box. To Amy Peccia, MFA’s new Senior Environmental Scientist, it’s more than that. “At MFA, it’s not just about meeting regulations. One of the most rewarding things about my job is…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Values Come to Life

The culture of an organization is many things, one of which is values. “Values, shmalues,” you might say, “that’s just corporate jibber-jabber.” To some degree, yes. What’s really important is the values in action. If you’ve…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR MFA Staff and Culture
All Systems Can Go: Cities risk losing critical information when staff retire

This article originally appeared the September/October edition of CityVision Magazine. Take a minute to think about the staff at your city with the most experience and expertise. Do you rely on them to provide context for projects and…

Tyler Vick GIS & Data Management