STEPHANIE FREED is an Assistant Director of Operations at EIP, where she oversees restoration projects from early baseline assessments at the early due diligence period, through project development, and the post-construction maintenance and monitoring period. As of 1/31/23, Stephanie has been directly involved with restoring and protecting 10,021 acres of wetlands (of which, 6,294 acres is in permitting) across four USACE Districts in California, Alaska, and Texas.
Stephanie joined EIP in 2019. Prior to this, she worked as an environmental consultant in varying capacities, managing projects and providing ecological expertise as a Professional Wetland Scientist and Trainer of the California Rapid Assessment Method. She served as a restoration ecologist in the private sector, working across a variety of ecosystems throughout California and has also worked throughout the northeastern U.S., performing biological assessments, entitlement, and monitoring of remediation.
Stephanie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys getting outside and taking road trips to local and far scenic destinations. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Ecology.
Q&A with Stephanie
What does your role at EIP entail?
My role at EIP includes initial collaboration with our real estate and markets teams to vet potential restoration opportunities based on site constraints and viability. As part of the Operations team, I shape the appropriate consultant team with relevant local expertise needed to achieve our goals and oversee project development through execution.
What led you to this line of work?
My early work in environmental remediation and entitling development has shown me first-hand the myriad of values that wetland habitats offer and the need to restore their services at meaningful scales.