With a doctorate in social and cultural studies in education, Greta specializes in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. Using 20 years of environmental consultancy experience, she collaborates with agencies, developers, and local communities to implement development and infrastructure projects throughout California.
Using the CEQA process, Greta daylights the environmental effects of proposed projects and provides an avenue for community perspectives to influence project implementation. She manages and directs projects ranging from small school improvement projects to high-profile development programs and plan updates. She also prepares CEQA/NEPA documentation for large-scale infrastructure projects like the California high-speed rail.
Greta regularly teaches CEQA compliance courses for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and coordinates our internal environmental education training. She also serves as adjunct faculty at San José State University. There she teaches Environmental Planning and Private Development and Urban Planning and graduate courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Greta also taught Environmental Impact Assessment in the Environmental Studies Department at California State University, East Bay.
Greta holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and a doctorate in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on public outreach and activism around new school planning in Los Angeles.
- Rivasplata, A., and Brownlow, G. (2020). Practical CEQA: A stepwise guide to California Environmental Quality Act compliance.
- Brownlow, G. (2013). Building schools and community connections: Outreach and activism for new schools in Southeast Los Angeles. Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development. New York: Routledge.
Banks, G., Kirschenbaum, G., et al. (2006). Equity, segregation, and choice: The changing nature of school reform. Prepared as part of a report to the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, Center for Cities and Schools.
- Fuller, B., Kirschenbaum, G., Dauter, L., Hosek, A., Rigby, D., Vincent, J., and Jeffrey, M. (2009). Building schools, rethinking quality? Early lessons from Los Angeles. Journal of Educational Administration. Volume 47, Issue 3, pp. 336-349.
- Fuller, B., Vincent, J., Kirschenbaum, G., Bierbaum, A., McCoy, D., and Rigby, J. (2009). Smart schools, smart growth: Investing in education facilities and stronger communities. A Joint Working Paper by Policy Analysis for California Education and Center for Cities and Schools.
Kirschenbaum, G. (2009). Constructing schools, building community engagement: Activist and educator voices in Southeast Los Angeles. A Working Paper for the Los Angeles School Infrastructure Project by Policy Analysis for California Education and Center for Cities and Schools.