Kelly Fitzgerald-HollandSenior Wildlife Biologist & Regulatory Specialist
Kelly is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, senior wildlife biologist and environmental compliance expert. She has over 20 years of experience in ecological research, program management, environmental regulation and compliance, and terrestrial ecosystem monitoring in the western U.S. She has served as senior wildlife biologist or task lead manager for a large number of projects that require endangered species permitting and biological analysis for CEQA/NEPA compliance. Kelly specializes in evaluating impacts on threatened and endangered wildlife species and their habitats, coordinating with resource agency staff to ensure compliance with the Federal and State Endangered Species Acts, including completing Section 7 consultation, and assisting clients with developing compensatory habitat mitigation and planning for long-term management of the habitat. Prior to her position at GEI, she spent 4 years conducting ESA consultations as a USFWS biologist, reviewing projects to assess impacts on listed species, providing technical assistance to minimize impacts on listed species, and preparing biological opinions for projects that impacted federally listed species and designated critical habitat. While at USFWS, Kelly garnered extensive knowledge of the federally threatened giant garter snake, assisting with conservation and recovery planning for this species through research consolidation, technical oversight and coordination with species experts. In addition to having worked for USFWS, as well as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Peace Corps, Kelly has worked extensively with state and federal agencies to assist clients with compliance with CESA/ESA, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and CEQA/NEPA.
Kelly has a M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University – Pullman and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California – Santa Cruz.
Thank you for applying the grease that made the ball move again. I appreciate the excellent work you do every day!- Sarah Norris, GEI Consultants
- Conservation Affairs Committee Chair for the Western Section of the Wildlife Society (since 2016)
- Certified Wildlife Biologist (certification through The Wildlife Society) (since 2014)
- Member of The Wildlife Society (since 2008)