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Ronald Bass
Senior Fellow, Environmental Planning

Ron Bass joined Jones & Stokes (now ICF) in 1986, after a stint with the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. During the first part of his consulting career he managed environmental impact studies pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He eventually began to support the company’s marketing efforts by teaching professional workshops as well as writing handbooks and articles on environmental impact assessment. He is a coauthor of The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and The CEQA DESKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Approach to the California Environmental Quality Act. In the latter half of his career Ron’s emphasis has been on conducting peer reviews for clients and fellow ICF staffers and continuing his teaching and writing.

At a time when many of his contemporaries have retired, Ron remains committed to his environmental career and to the successful implementation of environmental laws. “The ICF has been an excellent employer. “Not only has the work been interesting and meaningful but, over the years, the company has allowed me to pursue my professional interests with the flexibility to telecommute and work part-time.”

Ron has served as the president of both the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association, California Chapter. He has been recognized as a distinguished instructor by the UCLA Extension, Public Policy Program and the U.C. Davis Extension, Land Use and Natural Resources Program. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Ohio State University, a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University, and a M.A. in Environmental Planning from California State University, Sacramento.

Insights by Ronald Bass