Impact Sciences is pleased to welcome the newest member of our team, Brett Pomeroy, who joined the firm as an Associate Principal. Brett brings more than 17 years of professional experience in the environmental planning field, which includes the founding of his own environmental consulting firm. Brett focuses on environmental compliance pursuant to CEQA/NEPA and has extensive experience in the preparation of technical studies associated with air quality, greenhouse gases, community noise and vibration, human health risk assessments, and shade/shadow graphic presentations. He possesses a broad understanding of environmental and regulatory issues that affect land development in California and has conducted studies for residential and mixed-use development projects, commercial office complexes, educational/institutional campus plans, shopping malls, and regional entertainment and sporting facilities. As Impact Sciences welcomes Brett to the team, we conducted a Q&A to get to know him better:
What does your role at Impact Sciences entail?
I work directly with the principals of the firm to develop new business, manage our largest and most high-profile projects and clients, and mentor and train junior staff. I also handle the management and preparation of various environmental documentation related to CEQA/NEPA, and I am the firm’s leader of technical analyses associated with air quality, greenhouse gases, noise and vibration, and human health risk assessments.
How did you get involved in environmental planning?
My original interest while an undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University was to become a doctor and thus my major for more than three years was Biology/Pre-Med. However, by my fourth year, I had changed my mind on medical school and switched majors to Natural Science. A requirement for this degree was to gain an internship in a related field, and I found my way to Christopher A. Joseph & Associates as an Intern/Research Assistant in 2004. This experience introduced me to the environmental planning field, and I quickly became interested.
What is the highlight of your career so far?
In 2013, with a little over nine years of experience, I started my own environmental consulting business (Pomeroy Environmental Services). Naturally, this was a huge undertaking and my entrepreneurial spirit was put to the test. With a little over 8 years of running my own successful business, I can say with certainty that it has been the highlight of my career thus far. Though, I’m excited to bring these experiences to the Impact Sciences team, and I look forward to continued growth in the next chapter of my career.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
Let your faith be bigger than your fear. Fear can sometimes be paralyzing and prevent us from taking risks. But I have learned through experience that if I don’t take risks and push forward, then I will not grow. Growth is born out of attempts, not necessarily out of results.
What do you see on the horizon in the industry?
I see the continued emphasis on smart growth, sustainability, human health, and water resources as key issues moving forward.
What would you do for a career if you didn’t work in environmental planning?
I really love sports and have always had an interest in medicine. In a perfect world, I’d love to be a team doctor for a professional sports franchise – perhaps an orthopedic surgeon, working with the best athletes in the world.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I love spending time with my three kids and watching them grow. Again, as I also love sports, I really enjoy playing and teaching them anything sports related.
What’s a fun fact about you that most people do not know?
I was born in a car! Yes, this is true – and maybe explains some key issues! [Brett laughs] Even though I am the youngest of three kids, apparently my parents arrived a touch late to the hospital. My Dad parked the car and ran inside the hospital to get help, and when he and the medical staff came back outside, there I was!
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
I really love being on a golf course. In addition to the obvious (it’s a sport!), I love that golf is outdoors, has great scenery, is a great place to get know others, and it teaches you etiquette and respect for others. After all, we are all living this life together!
To learn more about all things CEQA, connect with Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 935-1901.