About ICF

Greta Brownlow

Principal, Environmental Planning
Greta is an environmental consultant who views environmental planning as a way to balance ecological and human needs in the pursuit of building better communities for all.

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.

Areas of expertise
  • Ph.D., Social and Cultural Studies in Education, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • M.U.P, Urban Planning, UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research
  • B.A., Social Science Field Major, UC Berkeley College of Letters and Sciences