Geōde Environmental—a certified DBE, SBE, and WBE—is an environmental and urban planning firm based in Bishop, CA. Geōde is positioned at the nexus of science and policy with intimate knowledge of regional geography, biological species, and cultural history. Our integrative team of specialists offers clients decades of combined experience in comprehensive research and contemporary regulatory solutions.

Our Approach

We provide superior client service.

Geōde yields a team vested in project success, providing superior project delivery and greater accountability to its public and private sector clients. We are available on-call to meet your needs.

We are an eco-social enterprise.

As company philosophy, Geōde has a commitment to become carbon neutral. As such, we encourage our employees and consultants to work from satellite home offices, which reduces commute and travel time, encourages employee well-being, and gives us the opportunity to focus more resources on our clients’ best interests. These efforts have significantly reduced our emissions and minimized our carbon footprint.

We support women-owned businesses.

As a women-owned business, Geōde is committed to closing the gender and wage gap. We strive to empower women through leadership roles and offer fair, competitive compensation. We also provide paid maternity leave, opportunities to work from home, and other support programs for mothers. To deliver innovative compliance and regulatory solutions to our clients, we actively partner with and support other small businesses and women entrepreneurs.

Executive Team

Essra Mostafavi, Founder and CEO

Essra’s 15-year career as an environmental and urban planner has cultivated interdisciplinary tools necessary for strategic policy analysis and sustainability planning. For the last eight years, she has worked on high-profile transportation projects of state, federal, and international significance: managing policy sufficiency reviews for the Palmdale to Burbank Section of the HSR and managing the environmental reviews and consultant teams on the $1.8 billion I-10 Corridor Project and the $425 million I-15 Corridor Project, both in the consulting sector and as a Caltrans environmental planner. Prior to transportation environmental planning, she served as Acting Country Director for the US Agency for International Development on sustainable development projects, honing her skills in sustainability planning. Essra’s public and private experience enables her to navigate policy and environmental regulations with ease.

Lennie Rae Cooke, Policy Director

Lennie Rae is a senior environmental manager with 25 years of experience specializing in regulatory permitting and CEQA/NEPA projects for public and private clients. Lennie Rae has managed the environmental compliance process for diverse and complex infrastructure projects on behalf of the California and Washington State Departments of Transportation, West Coast ports and cities, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Her expertise includes compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and the California Coastal Act, and Clean Water Act Section 404 and Section 401 permits. Lennie Rae also has experience in mitigation design and construction; coordinating design-build construction timelines with permitting schedules; negotiating programmatic permits for timeliness and predictability; and preparing permit compliance documentation.

Rebecca Walters, East Coast Director

Rebecca has 15 years of professional experience in strategic communications, project management, and program design and evaluation to advance women, minorities, and vulnerable communities. Since 2016, she has helped raise over $28 million for various international organizations and private enterprises. She has also focused on research, analysis, monitoring, and reporting for climate change, sustainable energy, and environmental mitigation projects. Rebecca has a master’s degree in International Policy Studies, focused on sustainable development and conflict resolution, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, located in Monterey, CA. She speaks English and Arabic and has lived, worked, and/or traveled in 14 different countries.

Amer Barghouth, Advisory Board Chair

Amer has 15 years of multidisciplinary experience in energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, private sector engagement, access to finance, and international cooperation. He also has experience integrating cross-cutting themes, such as climate change and gender equity, into program design and implementation. Amer’s clients have included the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Aaron Mir, Esq., Staff Counsel

Aaron is an attorney with 15 years of professional experience within the US and overseas. He has worked as a Procurement Officer with the Afghan Relief Organization, an Instructor with the American University of Afghanistan at Kabul, and as a Technical Editor for the Afghan Women’s Mission. Most recently, Aaron’s work as a Senior Contracts Attorney with Washington State has enabled him to develop extensive knowledge of government contracts, procurements, policy and regulations. The breadth of these experiences allows Aaron to work with private and public stakeholders to advance competing interests with an eye toward equitable resolution of conflicting priorities.

Geōde Environmental’s diverse, cross-disciplinary consulting team works under the guidance of industry leaders. Our team consists of:

  • Archaeologists
  • Biologists
  • Cultural resource managers (CRM)
  • Data analysts
  • Energy specialists
  • Environmental engineers
  • Environmental planners
  • Policy analysts
  • Public administrators
  • Urban planners

Statement of Qualifications

Learn more about our client services and project experience by viewing Geōde Environmental’s Statement of Qualifications | PDF.