Tessa Gardner-Brown, AICP

Senior Environmental Planner

Tessa Gardner-Brown is a senior environmental planner who brings a strong background in environmental planning and permitting. She has held key positions on two of Seattle's major infrastructure projects in this capacity, including the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement Project and the Elliott Bay Seawall Project, and is now managing the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed Long-Term Management Project Environmental Impact Statement.

Tessa contributes to complex planning processes by preparing defensible NEPA and SEPA documents, providing oversight and direction for technical studies, and developing briefing memos to assist in external proceedings. Tessa's ability to extract conclusions from extensive technical materials and prepare concise summary documents aids in strategy development or issue clarification in early project phases.

Tessa uses her working knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations to develop strategic project approaches and to assist in the identification of project opportunities and risks. She is experienced in preparing comprehensive permit applications (ranging from shoreline substantial development permits to JARPAs), engaging in negotiations from initiation to issuance and close-out, developing interactive commitment tracking databases, and ensuring regulatory compliance during construction.

Tessa holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Western Washington University. She is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).