About ICF

Pam Schanel

Managing Director, Environmental Planning
Pam has over two decades of experience analyzing environmental impacts, facilitating public involvement, and coordinating federal agency consultation for complex and controversial projects.

Pam has more than two decades of experience managing the development and review of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. Pam guides clients through the NEPA process. She ensures compliance with all aspects of NEPA, including agency NEPA implementing requirements and required consultations. Pam is skilled at collaborating with teams of technical subject matter leads and editors to produce high-quality analyses that meet NEPA requirements. Pam frequently facilitates public involvement and coordinates federal, state, and local stakeholder engagement and consultation for complex and controversial projects.

The majority of Pam’s experience has focused on the commercial launch industry, U.S. military missile launches, and proposed rail projects. She has prepared and reviewed documents for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Surface Transportation Board, California High Speed Rail Authority, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pam has planned and facilitated dozens of scoping meetings and public hearings for NEPA and California Environmental Quality Act projects. She served on a team that revised the FAA’s NEPA implementing regulation and developed a companion desk reference guiding all FAA NEPA practitioners. She has delivered numerous trainings on NEPA to commercial and federal clients and other environmental professionals. Pam is also a trained ICF SparkLabs facilitator, skilled in using design thinking practices to drive innovation.