David J. Powers & Associates consists of 25 professional environmental planners who specialize in providing comprehensive environmental consulting and impact analysis services to public agencies and private developers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Our staff uphold a fundamental principle of providing high quality and objective environmental analysis, while developing innovative mitigation and impact avoidance solutions. We are experts at managing projects through the environmental process, and are often hired for our ability to deliver complex projects with aggressive schedules and multi-stakeholder involvement on-time and on-budget.

Meet the Team

Judy Shanley

Judy Shanley

President

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Jodi Starbird

Jodi Starbird

Principal Project Manager

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Demetri Loukas

Demetri Loukas

Senior Project Manager

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Michael Lisenbee

Michael Lisenbee

Project Manager

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Amber Sharpe

Amber Sharpe

Associate Project Manager

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Hannah Darst

Hannah Darst

Assistant Project Manager

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Akoni Danielsen

Akoni Danielsen

VP | Principal Project Manager

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Nora Monette

Nora Monette

Principal Project Manager

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Kristy Weis

Kristy Weis

Senior Project Manager

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Amie Ashton

Amie Ashton

Project Manager

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Caroline Weston

Caroline Weston

Assistant Project Manager

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Amy Wang

Amy Wang

Researcher

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Carol Carvalho

Carol Carvalho

Administrative Assistant

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John Hesler

John Hesler

VP | Principal Project Manager

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Will Burns

Will Burns

Senior Project Manager

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Julie Wright

Julie Wright

Senior Project Manager

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Pooja Nagrath

Pooja Nagrath

Project Manager

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Tali Ashurov

Tali Ashurov

Assistant Project Manager

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Tyler Rogers

Tyler Rogers

Researcher

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Zachary Dill

Zachary Dill

Creative Director

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Martha Silveira

Martha Silveira

Chief Financial Officer

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Shannon George

Shannon George

Senior Project Manager

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Judy Fenerty

Judy Fenerty

Senior Project Manager

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Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell

Project Manager

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Fiona Phung

Fiona Phung

Assistant Project Manager

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Daniel Chang

Daniel Chang

Researcher

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Our Mission and Culture

When you work with David J. Powers & Associates, we guarantee an uncompromising level of service provided by a single, dedicated Project Manager whose primary goal is to meet your environmental service needs and deliver quality environmental review. We have found these three principles to be complementary and intrinsic to our long-term success.

Uncompromising Quality

 

Uncompromising quality is the foundation for everything we do. We achieve this in part through our rigorous internal Quality Assurance/Quality Control review, but also through our project management model.

Dedicated Project Manager

 

Cities, Counties, Developers, School Districts, and all of our clients alike are guaranteed a single point-of-contact from project inception to approval of the environmental documents. Though supported by a team of professionals and technical experts, one Project Manager will be responsible for all facets of your project’s environmental review. This is essential for both our commitment to quality and to client service.

Client Service

 

Above all, we prioritize client service. We do what it takes to meet our clients’ needs and we take great pride in delivering complex projects on-schedule and on-budget. We find that our clients are best served when we provide quality environmental review and ensure the availability of a single point-of-contact for all of your questions, concerns, and project needs.

History

David J. Powers & Associates, Inc. was founded in the City of San Jose in 1972 by David Powers, following the adoption of the California Environmental Quality Act in 1970. For the past 42 years, DJP&A has provided professional consulting services to public agencies and private developers in all areas of environmental planning. The company has slowly grown over the years from a one person company and sole proprietorship to a 22 person, Principal-owned corporation. The DJP&A management team has a cumulative tenure of over 150 years with the firm, and we are all dedicated to continuing the spirit and quality of service that David Powers started in 1972.

The quality of our environmental review documents has always been the focus of the firm and is paramount to the success of DJP&A. DJP&A has successfully completed environmental review documents on a wide variety of projects: General Plan updates for cities throughout the Bay Area, numerous large industrial and commercial redevelopment projects, airports, wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, solid waste and recycling plants and programs, sports arenas and ball fields, large parks, trails, community centers, city halls and plazas, hospitals and medical centers, residential development from high-rise condominiums to single family detached, shopping malls and “big box” retail, and coastline and Bay front development. With each project, DJP&A strives to prepare clear, easy to understand documents that are legally defensible and useful to both the Lead Agency and the public.

Dave Powers founded the company based on his vision of providing objective and thorough environmental review, excellent client service, and completing “a day’s work for a day’s pay.”

Dave passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2008 of apparent heart failure. He was 61. Everyone who knew Dave understood what a truly exceptional person he was. Known for his honesty, integrity, caring, generosity, enthusiasm, friendliness, as well as his unassuming and overall down-to-earth nature, Dave was always willing to lend a helping hand.

We all miss him terribly. As an ongoing tribute to Dave, we carry on his vision for the company and the ideals he has implanted in our daily operations.

David J. Powers & Associates, Inc. is a certified woman-owned Underutilized and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE and DBE), as well as a California Department of General Services and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE).