As a leader in GeoEngineers’ ongoing coastal initiative, Jason works to protect and restore vulnerable coastal ecosystems in Louisiana and throughout the country. His long career in environmental science began in California and eventually took him from South Lake Tahoe to Louisiana, where he worked in the Planning Group of the Office of Coastal Restoration for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The agency would later become the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), one of GeoEngineers’ coastal clients.
“I have always been interested in environmental work, but it wasn’t until moving to Louisiana in 2001 that I saw just how critical restoration and protection are to everyday life,” Jason says.
Jason's planning background means he tends to look at the big picture in search of strategic steps we can take now to protect our coasts from future threats. The task is daunting. Jason and our coastal team tackle issues like coastal erosion, collapsing ecosystems and sea-level rise, and work to protect our clients’ long-term interests by integrating resiliency into every project.
As an an OLDEB-certified oyster biologist, Jason also has the technical expertise necessary to understand the complexities of coastal ecosystems. Despite his experience, Jason isn’t facing these challenges alone. He draws on a team of talented environmental and water resource experts from across GeoEngineers to find creative solutions to coastal issues.
“Our GeoEngineers employees take their jobs seriously but not themselves,” Jason says. “Being around people who truly care about the work they do and finding solutions for our clients brings out the best in me. I find I am working to be my better self.”
Jason is always learning and developing professionally, and is currently working toward his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Most of Jason’s free time is spent with his family, including his three young children. He likes taking his kids to the beach to play in the Gulf, orchestrates a busy schedule of extra-curricular activities for them, and coaches their soccer and basketball teams. In the rare moments he gets to himself, Jason enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, and indulging his passion for television and movies, especially sci-fi. If it has superheroes or zombies, Jason is a fan!