Senior Managing Consultant, Climate Change & Sustainability
Since 2006, Meghan Edwards has communicated environmental issues to public audiences and supported over 20 different federal agencies. She has assessed impacts to the environmental and social conditions in a wide variety of proposed projects, from land management activities to construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure in over 40 states across the country. Meghan is an expert in comment management and excels at helping clients address issues raised while considering any precedent-setting and past policy decisions. She has ensured regulatory compliance of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents with Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), among other regulations. For over two and half years, Meghan was the ICF project manager for the contract supporting a newly-formed interagency council to streamline environmental reviews and authorizations for large infrastructure projects across the country. She led the establishment of a new program management office while creating policy documents and providing advice on how to best improve environmental processes. More recently, Meghan provided project management support for a USAID contract on agriculture and other development projects in less industrialized nations in Europe and Eurasia, and also provided environmental analysis in Africa.
Meghan holds a Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with minors in Economics and Mathematics from Hollins University, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) certificates. As part of her capstone, she interviewed 25 individuals from the local community to determine status, existing infrastructure, and possibilities for a community-based sustainable forestry economy, including renewable energy, in Southwest Virginia.