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Ms. Allen has 20+ years of experience as a conservation practitioner, leader, and scientist with federal/state agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGO). She specializes in the areas of landscape-scale conservation and collaboration and natural resources/watershed management. Additionally, her technical background includes significant experience in the following areas: conservation planning; biological monitoring; stormwater management; climate adaptation; ecosystem services analyses; measuring conservation impact; and wildlife, endangered species, and invasive species management. Over 10 years of her career has been as a senior staff person with NGOs, focused on directing programs, analyzing local/state/federal policies, developing innovative conservation solutions and partnerships, and assisting in organizational and business development. At Marstel-Day, Ms. Allen serves as a conservation scientist, project manager, and technical lead for a range of federal projects across the nation, including military encroachment studies, Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans, and National Environmental Policy Act studies. Ms. Allen also serves as a senior member on Marstel-Day’s Conservation Team to ensure our conservation ethic remains clear with the execution of client projects, resulting in enhancing the environment and permanently conserving natural resources and wildlife habitat.
Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Ms. Allen served as the assistant director of a non-profit watershed organization, where she directed conservation programs, co-managed organizational operations, supervised staff, and served as a spokesperson. Her achievements in this position included: creating organizational and programmatic strategic plans and efficiencies; implementing a 3-year capacity building initiative resulting in increased staffing and funding; developing a multi-stakeholder management plan for a 30-mile river corridor; and co-leading a water quality improvement assessment of land use ordinances for 40 localities. From 2001-2005, Ms. Allen also worked as the state-level conservation ecologist for Virginia’s Nature Conservancy chapter, where she specialized in developing the chapter’s conservation impact measures program, invasive species strategic planning, endangered species management, and conservation planning for large landscapes. Prior to this position, she served as the Chesapeake Bay region steward for the Virginia Division of Natural Heritage, where she managed 12 natural area preserves, special status species, and rare natural communities along the Eastern Shore and western shores of Virginia.
Ms. Allen obtained a BS in wildlife science and MS in ecology, both from Virginia Tech. She also is a fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, learning environmental negotiation and leadership skills through this seminal program at the University of Virginia. In 2011, Ms. Allen was the recipient of a Professional Excellence in Conservation Service award from Friends of the Rappahannock. She has served on multiple technical committees and advisory roles including: technical appointee to the Virginia Invasive Species Council; grant reviewer for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; technical advisory committee for the Rappahannock River Basin Commission; invited expert informing the design of the Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Park Service-National Capital Region; Board of Director for the Rivanna Conservation Society; and steering committee member of the Center for Rappahannock-Rapidan Environmental Stewardship.