Principal, Habitat Conservation Planning
Paola Bernazzani is a conservation biologist and planner with 20 years’ experience in the environmental field. In her role at ICF, Paola manages and directs projects and supports marketing efforts, business development, thought leadership, and team growth. Paola’s focus is the integration of science with policy, projects, and planning. She works throughout the U.S. and internationally on environmental issues including endangered species compliance, biodiversity and tropical forest conservation, regulatory strategies, conservation of rare species, and compensatory mitigation.
Paola presents frequently on the role of science in the planning process and has published several articles on topics including participant perspectives of habitat conservation plans and climate change in the regulatory environment. She is a reviewer for the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Management. Domestically, Paola works with state agencies, foresters, electric utilities, water companies, and wind developers. She manages project teams and is focused on solving problems through innovation and structured decision making.
Paola is experienced in providing trainings domestically and internationally on topics including stakeholder outreach. She also teaches regularly at the UC Davis extension program. Paola has a Master of Science in wildlife biology from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies from Yale University.