LSA Associates, Inc. (LSA) is pleased to announce a leadership transition in its Berkeley office. Judith Malamut has been appointed to the position of Managing Principal on a rotating basis, and Shannon Allen will then take on the position for the following year. David Clore, former Managing Principal, will continue to oversee selected projects prior to his upcoming retirement from the firm.
Judith has been with LSA since the establishment of the Berkeley office in 1997 and specializes in resource management and environmental review of a wide range of projects, including policy documents, recreation, infill and greenfield developments. She co-authored Trail Planning for California Communities, serves on the San Francisco Bay Trail Board of Directors, and has a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Shannon joined LSA in 2003 after experience at consulting firms in California and Minnesota and as a public sector planner in Concord and Woodside, California. She manages a diversity of projects, ranging from residential to commercial to institutional developments, and has earned a reputation for solid project management and innovative problem-solving. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Planning from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
The new Managing Principal team continues LSA’s commitment to providing clients with sound, responsive, and level-headed guidance on the increasingly complex environmental and development decisions facing their communities and organizations. As David notes, “Since the mid-1990s, we have sought excellence in our tech¬nical work, sprinted to meet schedules when needed, and aimed to be cost-effective when it comes to budgets. Our clients can rely on Judy and Shannon to carry on and advance these traditions in the coming years.”
David, who has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, has been interested in land use and development issues since serving on a citizens’ advisory board for the City of Visalia’s General Plan in 1976. While serving as Managing Principal, David oversaw over a 15-year era of steady growth, diversification of services, and the office’s expansion into projects with regional environmental consequences. During these years, the office successfully completed a number of such projects: Pixar Animation Studios (Emeryville), Uptown (Oakland), Oakland Army Base (Oakland), San Francisco General Hospital (San Francisco), Emeryville Marketplace (Emeryville), Gilead Sciences (Foster City), EBRPD Wildfire Hazard Reduction Plan and EIR (East Bay), A’s Baseball Stadium (San Jose) and SFMOMA Expansion (San Francisco). David will manage a select set of projects in the Berkeley office while pursuing personal and professional outside interests. He notes, “While I’m looking forward to increasing my time in the Sierra this year, there are still several projects that I intend to oversee to their completion.”
During paleontological monitoring for the State Route 133 (SR-133)/Laguna Canyon Road widening project, LSA Associates, Inc. (LSA) performed the excavation of four newly discovered, archaic species of toothed baleen whales in Orange County currently mentioned in the California State University, Fullerton, News. LSA’s excavation provided paleontologists with fossil bones that are estimated to date back 17 to 19 million years. One of the whales, nicknamed “Free Willy” or just “Willy,” was the main focus of the research, and it has been suggested that he was 30 feet in length. These findings have allowed researchers to understand how whales have evolved over millions of years. LSA is pleased to be part of this project. Click here to read the full article.
photo left: Morawanocetinae (Archaic toothed baleen whale). Two upper left molars, lingual view
photo right: Squalodontidae (Shark Toothed Dolphin), rostrum and mandible