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Kirsten Burrowes

If someone told me in college that my least favorite course, Introduction to CEQA, would end up being my career, I wouldn’t have believed them. Fast forward to the present, I can’t imagine doing anything else—whether it’s tagging along for built environment surveys (including the former Preston youth correctional facility!), spending the day boating around San Francisco Bay searching for harbor seals, or working one-on-one with clients to develop programs and processes for environmental compliance, there is never a shortage of interesting and rewarding work.

At Ascent, I prepare and manage various CEQA/NEPA project documents and environmental compliance efforts. I particularly enjoy complex and challenging projects, especially those involving unique cultural and biological resources issues, and working in a collaborative environment to solve problems and develop practical solutions.

Senior Environmental Planner
Notable Projects

DGS Capitol Annex Project

UC Davis Long Range Development Plan Environmental Compliance Program

Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Program EIR and Individual Evaluations


BA, Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University


California Association of Environmental Professionals

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