Geōde Environmental—a certified DBE, SBE, and WBE—is an environmental and urban planning firm based in California’s Eastern Sierra region. 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 over 60 years of combined experience in comprehensive research and contemporary regulatory solutions.
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.
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 and Geōde’s Policy Director 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. 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 developing and evaluating environmental sustainability projects, focused on sustainable energy and resource management. His also has experience integrating cross-cutting themes such as climate change into program design and implementation. Amer’s skills and expertise include managing relationships with key stakeholders and clients; conducting feasibility studies; monitoring, reporting and evaluating project performance; and overseeing quality assurance and control.
Geōde Environmental’s diverse, cross-disciplinary consulting team works under the guidance of industry leaders. Our team consists of:
- 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.