President's Message Winter 2021

Winter 2021

Happy New Year to our AEP Membership! We hope you had a safe and happy holiday.
I look forward to working with the AEP Board of Directors to continue to bring you exciting new educational programs in 2021.

Our Board of Directors for 2021 include:

  • President – William Halligan, Esq. Harris & Associates
  • 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, WSP, USA
  • Director-at-Large – Laurel Lees, Controlled Thermal Resources
  • Director-at-Large – Claudia Garcia, Ascent Environmental
  • Director-at-Large – Marie Campbell, Sapphos Environmental

Look for the 2021 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 for her 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 2020-2021 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 Intermediate Virtual Workshops will be held on February 10th and 25th. A copy of the agenda is in this addition of the Environmental Monitor. For updated agenda and registration information, please visit,

Our CEQA Advanced Workshops will be held in Spring 2021.  Information is forthcoming.

The 2021 Conference will be held on the Queen Mary, Long Beach, August 15-18, 2021. Abstracts are currently being accepted through January 29th.  AEP is actively seeking sponsors for the 2021 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 will be opening in early February. 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

Updated: Feb 2, 2021 by Reid Walley