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Ms. Allen has 25+ years of experience as a conservation practitioner, leader, and scientist with federal/state agencies and nongovernmental organizations. She specializes in the areas of landscape-scale conservation, natural resources management, and environmental policy. Ms. Allen provides technical advice and high-level agency briefings to federal clients on solving complex environmental issues and problems. She supports the application of federal environmental laws and policies, namely the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Her technical background includes significant experience in conservation planning and policy analyses; biological monitoring; measuring conservation impact; avian, endangered, and invasive species management; and stormwater/watershed management. In addition, Ms. Allen provides facilitation services to support effective decision-making and conflict resolution within organizational project teams and across stakeholder groups.
At Marstel-Day, Ms. Allen is the Natural Resources Program Lead, managing a range of federal projects across the nation and supporting business development for this service line. She directs an annual portfolio of 50+ natural resources and environmental projects, largely for the Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Examples from her program’s portfolio include coordinating national policy and program priorities for the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC); updating Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans for Navy, Army, and National Guard installations; conducting surveys and developing resource management plans for rare, threatened, and endangered species, invasive species, and other flora and fauna species of interest; managing terrestrial/aquatic restoration and habitat management actions for Navy clients; developing geospatial habitat suitability models for resource management planning; supporting DOD ESA Section 7 consultations (Biological Assessments); and assisting the USFWS in Comprehensive Conservation Planning and associated NEPA analyses for National Wildlife Refuges.
Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Ms. Allen served as the Assistant Director/Programs Manager of the Friends of the Rappahannock; the state-level Conservation Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy of Virginia; and the Chesapeake Bay Region Land Steward for the Virginia Division of Natural Heritage.
Ms. Allen obtained a BS in Forestry and Wildlife with a concentration in Wildlife Management and an MS in Biology with a minor in Ecology from Virginia Tech. She is a fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute at the University of Virginia. Ms. Allen has received awards from the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the Environmental Business Journal, and the Friends of the Rappahannock.