Press Release

GEI Continues Expansion of Pacific Northwest Staff and Services with Two New Hires

February 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—February 17, 2015— GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that the company has expanded its staff and client services in the northwestern U.S. with the addition of Julie A. Keil, J.D. in their Portland, OR office and Jim Good in their Seattle, WA office. These individuals continue GEI’s expansion in the Pacific Northwest which began in 2014 with the Portland office’s move to larger facilities, the addition of several recent new hires, and the opening of GEI’s first Seattle office. The hiring of these individuals will expand hydro and environmental services with GEI clients throughout the West.

Julie Keil is a Senior Consultant with more than 30 years of experience in power contracting and hydro licensing in the western US. Most recently, Ms. Keil was the Director of Hydro Licensing for the Portland General Electric Company (PGE), where she managed PGE’s hydro licensing department, responsible for local, state, tribal, and federal regulatory issues related to FERC licensing and license compliance. Julie was responsible for the decommissioning of PGE’s Bull Run project, and relicensing the Willamette Falls, Clackamas, and Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric projects. She managed PGE’s water rights, led permitting for the Cascade Crossing Transmission Project, negotiated power purchases, and coal and gas supply agreements. She was also responsible for managing PGE’s recreation areas. Ms. Keil is one of a very few individuals to have received both the National Hydro Association Ken Henwood Lifetime Achievement Award and the NW Hydro Association Pam Klatt Lifetime Achievement Award. She has served as President and sat on the Boards of each association. She remains active in both associations, and is currently the President of the Deschutes River Conservancy. Ms. Keil earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College.

Jim Good is a Senior Consultant with 30 years of experience in natural resources and watershed management, specializing in water quality and sediment issues and regulations. He has extensive experience summarizing and interpreting existing water quality data, developing and implementing sampling and analysis, monitoring compliance with quality assurance objectives, modeling pollutant loads, evaluating project impacts, and providing solutions to meet permit requirements. Mr. Good has specific experience assisting municipal and industrial dischargers with meeting a variety of NPDES permit conditions. Prior to joining GEI, Mr. Good was employed by Parametrix, where he worked on the Enloe Dam project with Okanogan County Public Utility District, and the Boundary Dam Water Quality Monitoring for Seattle City Light. He has also worked extensively for the US Army Corps of Engineers and Native American tribes in New Mexico to develop approaches to nutrient compliance for New Mexico wastewater treatment plants. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Science degree in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Idaho.

“We are fortunate to have two well-known and widely respected experts join our staff in the Pacific Northwest,” says vice president and Portland office leader Ginger Gillin.  “Julie brings GEI national leadership in the hydro industry and deep strategic understanding of hydro licensing and power contracting. Jim has direct watershed management experience, especially with hydroelectric dam projects, in the west, which will further help GEI grow and enhance our position in the industry.”

The expanded Pacific Northwest offices provides a variety of environmental and ecological assessment, air quality and noise permitting, compliance and permitting services including hydropower regulatory compliance and environmental assessments, site investigation and remediation, water resources planning, program management and related services to utilities, dam owners, freight rail, industrial, and public entities across the Pacific Northwest and nationally.

GEI services clients across the country from 36 offices nationwide, including 8 offices in Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada. The company was ranked number 122 on the 2013 ENR Top 500 Design Firms list, having risen 148 positions since 2007. In addition, the firm was ranked 89 on ENR’s 2013 list of the Top 100 Pure Designers.

About GEI: GEI’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and planners deliver integrated water resources, environmental, ecological, geotechnical and waterfront engineering solutions to diverse clientele nationwide. The firm has provided a broad range of consulting and engineering services on over 50,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries. For more information on GEI, please visit

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