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August 20, 2021 39 min
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! 

On today’s episode, we talk with Michelle Rau, Environmental Project Manager and NEPA Practice Lead at Jacobs, and NAEP Secretary as well as Education Committee co-chair, about NASA NEPA, working on the move, and celebrity fails! Read her full bio below.

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0:00  Intro

1:00  Shout outs

1:49  Nic and Laura talk about stand up comedy

9:03  Interview with Michelle Rau starts

12:29  Michelle discusses career transitioning and gives career advice

19:56  Michelle talks about NEPA's role in her projects

23:20  Field Notes Segment-Michelle's celebrity fails

28:01  Michelle talks about the importance of down time

33:03  Working on the move

38:11  Outro

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Guest Full Bio:
Michelle Rau has nearly 25 years of experience as an environmental planner and project manager. At Jacobs she currently serves as the NEPA practice manager and leads a group of nearly 200 environmental practitioners. She works as a project manager, sales lead and technical lead on Federal environmental compliance projects, including large scale and controversial EISs, which involve individual projects with more than a billion dollars of infrastructure. She has managed nearly all aspects of the environmental compliance process, including NEPA, Executive Order (EO) 12114 (international NEPA), Clean Water Act 404 permits, ESA Section 7 consultations, NHPA Section 106 consultations and state, county, and regional permits. She has worked for many federal clients, including DoD (Army, Air Force, USACE, DARPA and NGA), NASA, BLM, FEMA, FHWA and NSF. 

Michelle has been an active member of NAEP for over 10 years, and currently serves on the NEAP Board of Directors, where she is the NAEP Secretary.  She also serves as the education committee co-chair, is the executive sponsor for the Environmental Justice Working Group and actively engages with the conference planning committees.

Michelle currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and works in the Jacobs TSupport the show (
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