About ICF

January Tavel

Senior Manager, Historic Preservation
January is a senior manager for historic preservation and a key member of our cultural resources leadership team with nearly 15 years of experience as a qualified historian and architectural historian.

January is a senior manager for historic preservation and a key member of our cultural resources leadership team. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a qualified historian and architectural historian, and her passion is tackling complex cultural resources problems with practical landscape-level vision, meaningful policy, and creative planning.

As a historic preservation expert, January works with clients to identify opportunities for greater efficiency in environmental compliance processes, crafting preservation policy and plans that address multifaceted management challenges, evaluating landscape-level and multi-component resources, assessing impacts for complex infrastructure projects, and identifying creative mitigation solutions to resolve impacts to cultural resources in meaningful ways.

January leads the preparation of legally defensible cultural resources technical reports and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) sections, meeting best practice standards for environmental compliance within the local ordinances, and federal and state regulatory frameworks, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act, and California Environmental Quality Act. Her expertise includes embedded and program-level support to state and federal agencies, which provides her with unique insights into approaches for achieving short-term objectives, planning for long-term goals, and identifying unanticipated needs. January also specializes in evaluating and guiding the management of complex multi-component properties, such as cultural landscapes, traditional cultural properties, and historic districts.

January began her career with the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, and her diverse experience includes preservation non-profit administration, heritage interpretation, grant management, and stakeholder outreach. She has been invited to more than a dozen events throughout the country to speak about her work at the intersection of climate resilience planning and historic preservation.

Education
  • MHP, University of Maryland College Park, 2008
  • BA, Journalism, University of Maryland, 2002
Publications
  • “Findings from the 2017 Heritage Preservation and Climate Change Survey.” Prepared for National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Forum. October 21, 2020.
  • “A Bird in the Hand: Analysis of How Existing Policies, Programs, and Procedures Can be Adapted to Overcome Cultural Resources Resilience Challenges.” National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference. August 27, 2020.
  • “Water Over the Bridge: Climate Change, Transportation Planning and Cultural Resources Management.” California Preservation Conference: A Changing Climate for Preservation. May 18, 2020.
  • “Water Over the Bridge: Climate Change, Transportation Planning and Cultural Resources Management.” National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. January 12-16, 2020.
  • “Transportation Planning, Cultural Resource Management, and Climate Change Adaption and Resilience.” Transportation Research Board’s Second International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather. November 13, 2019.
  • “Transportation Planning, Cultural Resource Management, and Climate Resilience.” National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference. May 20, 2019.