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2018 marks the second year of the EBC Ascending Leader Award. The Award recognizes young professionals in the energy and environmental sectors demonstrating exceptional leadership and industry involvement early in their careers. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of both established professionals from the EBC Board of Directors and members of EBC’s Ascending Professionals Committee.

Selection criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrated leadership, either formal (through position and role) or informal (i.e. thought leadership on critical issues)
  • Early career success and rapid advancement in the energy / environmental sectors
  • Industry and/or civic involvement, or recognition outside of employment
  • 1-10 years of industry experience
  • Employed by an EBC Member company

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

Julie Eaton, Project Engineer / Lead Resiliency Engineer
Weston & Sampson

The Lead Resiliency Engineer at Weston & Sampson, Julie has a diverse skill set and deep personal investment in climate resilience and the environment. She has encouraged Weston & Sampson’s corporate growth in the industry and amassed a resumé of high-profile, vitally important projects for a range of state, municipal, and agency clients. Julie approaches climate resilience from the dual perspectives of policy/planning and design/engineering to communicate the need for planning and preparedness, evaluate potential impacts to vulnerable infrastructure and natural resources, and develop a range of resilient design strategies that emphasize flexible approaches, manage risk and uncertainty, and create value.

Julie began at Weston & Sampson working on a variety of geotechnical, dam safety, environmental, and climate resilience projects. Initially responsible for performing dam safety inspections, environmental sampling, subsurface investigations, embankment analyses/design, and construction representation services, Julie quickly began providing targeted services related to infrastructure resilience and climate adaptation, including vulnerability assessments, innovative resilient design strategies, and funding assistance. Julie has steadily ascended from Engineering Assistant to Engineer I to Engineer II to Project Engineer in her five years in the environmental industry. She became a certified Engineer-in-Training in 2015 and a Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Provider in 2017. Julie is active on the Steering Committee for the Climate Adaptation Forum, and she has delivered climate adaptation presentations at Environmental Business Council (EBC) events, the Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC), and for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). She has bachelor’s degrees in political science (University of Rochester) and civil and environmental engineering (UMass Lowell), and a master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering (UMass Lowell).

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Jennifer Garner, Associate
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Jen Garner, an attorney with Bowditch & Dewey, regularly represents property owners and municipalities, real estate owners, breweries, developers, quasi state entities, retailers and industry professionals and advises clients involving construction, leasing, permitting, zoning, environmental compliance and other business and institutional concerns. Drawing on her experience in commercial litigation, Jen regularly advocates for her clients’ investments in real estate transactions before municipal boards and state and federal courts and in thorny contractual and commercial landlord-tenant claims.  Her litigation practice is focused on disputes that arise from permitting, land use and environmental regulatory compliance.

Jen was selected for participation in the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Women’s Leadership Program. At the firm, Jen serves as chair of the Associates Committee and as co-editor of the firm’s blog The Case for Inclusion, which provides news and analysis on issues related to diversity and inclusion. She is also a regular contributor to two of the firm’s other blogs – Commercial Real Estate Insight & News and At the Bar with Bowditch, a legal blog for the craft brewing community. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.

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Katherine Mason, Project Manager
Charter Contracting Company, LLC

Katherine Mason has 10 years of environmental engineering and construction management experience with a focus on environmental dredging and ecosystem restoration. Over the course of her short career Katherine has worked for the largest Dredging Contractor in the US, moved herself swiftly through the ranks from Field Engineer to Project Manager, dredged over 1M cubic yards of material and worked in every condition, including the Columbia River, the second-most dangerous river in the world and the most dangerous river in the United States. Katherine’s philosophy is simple, “Learn from the people around you. There is someone everywhere you go that knows something you don’t regardless of their position, experience, level of education, etc. All of those differing perspectives will provide you with the skills you need to be successful.”

Most recently, Katherine led a complex, $15M environmental cleanup of the Mystic River for the Encore Casino project, the largest privately-funded construction project in Massachusetts to date. On this project, she successfully led a team of over 60 project staff working 24/7 over the winter to meet the project schedule.

Having worked at every level of a project, she has a grasp on all components necessary for a successful project delivery. She is an exceptional communicator and planner and brings her experiences gained by executing multiple individual dredging and upland contracts.

Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

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Angela Moulton, Project Manager
CDM Smith

Ms. Angela Moulton is a leading Environmental Engineer and Project Manager at CDM Smith in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is responsible for successfully delivering multi-million-dollar design projects ranging from new large diameter drinking water transmission mains to new wastewater pump stations, most of which are located in complex urban environments.  Ms. Moulton leads multi-disciplinary design teams, navigates client needs and innovates to achieve successful solutions to engineering challenges. Ms. Moulton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2009, and earned her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 2013 while working full-time at CDM Smith. In 2014, she earned her Professional Engineer (PE) License in Civil Engineering in the State of Massachusetts.

Ms. Moulton was chosen to be an official onboarding mentor with CDM Smith and has had an outstanding influence on the experience of new hires and junior staff entering their professional careers. She organizes volunteer opportunities to promote team bonding and giving back to the community – from fundraising for charities via softball games to reading books to middle schoolers.  Recognizing her early leadership skills, Ms. Moulton was nominated by CDM Smith to attend both the Genesis Program and the Emerging Leaders Forum offered by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and is a proud graduate of both programs.  Ms. Moulton recently volunteered in the Citizen’s School community outreach program where she led a team of 5 engineers that taught an inner city 7th grade class the importance of water conservation.

Ms. Moulton is one of the “founders” of the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) Young Professional (YP) committee, which provides a motivational forum for young women in the engineering community to meet and discuss the challenges women face in the engineering world.  As an active member of the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) YP, she recently helped organize the inaugural YP Presentation Series event this summer to provide YPs an opportunity to discuss their project work and gain experience in presentation skills by presenting in a casual low-stress environment. She is also involved in the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) leading in 2015 as the Chair of the Engineering Management Group.  Ms. Moulton is truly a unique individual and a remarkable ascending leader.

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Danielle Sylvia, Environmental Engineer
Golder Associates

Danielle is a staff environmental engineer in the Golder Associates’ Manchester, NH office. She provides support for a variety of environmental site assessment and remediation projects. Her experience includes field assignments involving PFAS sampling in various media, traditional groundwater and soil sampling, well installation, soil characterization, remediation system maintenance, and oversight of contractors; and technical assignments involving analysis, interpreting, and reporting analytical data including data validation and statistical analysis.

Danielle received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. As part of her Master’s thesis, Danielle completed research that evaluated partitioning electron donors for use in bioremediation of chlorinated solvents. Danielle also co-leads her office’s Professional Development Group.

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The 2017 Award Recipients

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EBC 2017 Ascending Leader Award Recipients