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Environmental Staff Directories

FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE)

HEPE Mission
To advance environmental stewardship and streamlining for FHWA-funded projects through application of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) principles and the NEPA process at the project level.

Mailing Address
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Contact Title Phone Number E-Mail Address
Emily Biondi Director 202-366-9482
Vacant Program Assistant    
Project Development Team
The Project Development Team is the focal point for oversight and management of activities that provides policy direction and guidance to our FHWA field offices, State DOTs, and local partners in carrying out our responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental laws, as well as, for technical assistance in project related environmental streamlining, stewardship, and interdisciplinary decision-making.
Stephanie Perez-Arrieta Project Development Team Lead 202-366-1598
Megan Cogburn Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-2056
David Cohen Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-8531
Lana Lau Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-2052
Owen Lindauer Project Development Specialist, Archeologist 202-366-2655
Neel Vanikar Project Development Specialist 202-366-2068
Robert Washington Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-4651
Program and Policy Development Team
The Program and Policy Development Team coordinates and manages the Office Research Funds and Policy activities; conducts strategic planning and performance management; and facilitates and directs Federal Agency, National Organization Stakeholders, and FHWA/DOT inter-office coordination on initiatives and emerging issues.
James Gavin Program and Policy Development Team Leader 202-366-1473
Lee Ellen Carter Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-0345
Christopher Hansen Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-0524
Marisel Lopez-Cruz Environmental Protection Specialist 407-867-6402
Carolyn Nelson Environmental Protection Specialist 502-223-6765
David Williams Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-4074
Project Mitigation Team
The Project Mitigation Team is responsible for the development of FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines and the delivery of technical assistance related to natural resource protection and consideration of ecological impacts in the transportation decision-making process.
Carolyn Nelson Project Mitigation Acting Team Leader 502-223-6765
Daniel Buford Ecologist 202-366-8168
David Clarke Federal Preservation Officer 202-366-2060
Susan Jones Highway Engineer 202-493-2139
Anne Rowe Environmental Protection Specialist 202-366-4196