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Debra A.Z. Lilly

Senior Environmental Manager

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Debra Lilly

B.A., English,
Kenyon College, 1981

Courses in the Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management certificate program, University of California, Davis Extension

Professional History

2011–Present, GrassRoots Environmental – Senior Environmental Manager

2001-2011, EDAW-AECOM – Project Manager

1989-2001, ICF (Jones & Stokes) – Environmental Analyst

1981-1989, Various Firms – Publishing/Editing/Proofreading


Association of Environmental Professionals, Superior California Chapter

Coalition for Adequate School Housing

Solar Cookers International – board member

Professional Background

Ms. Lilly has served as a project manager for environmental studies to satisfy requirements of CEQA and NEPA.

She has worked with a broad range of clients, including private developers; state, regional, and local agencies; and school districts. Ms. Lilly has managed and coordinated complex projects involving cooperation among project team staff, subconsultants, agencies, and clients in multiple locations.

She has been responsible for maintaining schedule, budget, and client communication, as well as implementing ISO-9001 quality control procedures and internal/​external billing and project management documentation. Ms. Lilly has supervised environmental analysts and junior-level project managers; performed mid-year and end-of-year performance evaluations; discussed and established financial, project, and development goals; trained and arranged training for supervisees on relevant environmental topics.


  • Project Management and Coordination
  • CEQA/​NEPA Analysis and Strategy
  • Stakeholder/​Agency Coordination
  • Public Workshop Coordination
  • Schedule/​Budget Management
  • Quality Assurance/​Quality Control
  • Technical Writing
  • Copyediting/​Proofreading
  • Translation (English-Spanish)