David Carlson Joins Northern California Region as Director of Transportation


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is pleased to announce that David Carlson has joined the firm as Transportation Director for the Northern California region. With a diverse and dynamic background in the transportation industry, David will be leading strategic efforts to further ESA’s reach throughout the state.
“Aside from leading the region’s long-term strategic goals in transportation, David will bring leadership to our NEPA/CEQA, regulatory permitting, and environmental compliance support of transportation infrastructure projects,” says Brian Boxer, the firm’s Northern California Regional Director. “Further, his experience and leadership will enhance and focus ESA’s expertise in sustainability planning, and climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency in the transportation market.”
Prior to consulting in the private sector, David spent 25 years gaining unique perspective and insights into environmental and transportation issues while he was with two EPA regional offices, San Francisco and New York, and with the FHWA headquarters in Washington, D.C. In the past several years, David has worked with transportation clients throughout the country to develop award-winning sustainability strategies and climate resiliency solutions that protect valued community assets.
A nationally recognized expert in the application of NEPA to transportation infrastructure, David has been involved in environmental review of more than 150 transportation projects comprising light-rail train systems, subways, highways, bridges, freight rails, airports, and ports. Committed to enhancing the country’s transportation network with solutions that are sensitive to their environment, he has been a leader in the development of policies regarding cumulative impacts, context sensitive solutions, sustainability, GHG emission reductions, adaptation to climate change, and carbon sequestration. He is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Press Release: David Carlson Joins Northern California Region as Director of Transportation