Please Join Us In Congratulating Our New Principals
Rincon Consultants is not only a recognized best place to work, it’s also a professional platform from which our employees realize their personal career visions.
Our employees reach the pinnacle of that journey when they invest their time, stretch into new business areas, create business growth, develop followership, and become indispensable to our business. This group of new Principals illustrates that category of success from across our various service lines and geographic regions. Their influence will ensure that Rincon Consultants continues to be a leader in the environmental industry.
Chris's Career Path
Chris Duran joined Rincon in 2015 as a senior archaeologist and has been the archaeological Principal Investigator in some of Rincon’s largest cultural resources projects. Since 2017, Chris has served as the operations lead for the archaeology team, managing day-to-day operations of the cultural resources group throughout the state and contributing to the success of many, concurrent projects. He reviews reports and his feedback is one of the ways he mentors junior staff to become effective consultants. Chris leads the charge in the new concept of a “heritage recovery” in cultural resources management in California. He contributes to CEQA documents and standalone cultural resources studies and actively works with local agencies on the implementation of AB 52 consultation, a recent regulation that requires Native American consultation on all CEQA projects.
Chris is the operations manager for the archaeology group in Cultural Resources program. His primary responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations for the archaeology team, managing and influencing numerous concurrent projects to success, reviewing reports from this service line, and mentoring junior staff to become effective consultants.
“People that work in environmental management just don’t “fall” into these jobs. We are here for a reason, doing the work we do because we have a passion for it. In the consulting world, it’s our job to help educate our clients about the issues we have a passion for and help them navigate through the regulatory system. We are the ushers or progress. We are helping our clients build the next evolution of our society responsibly, and with adherence to environmental regulations. At the end of the day, that’s a pretty awesome feeling.”
“Rincon is an amazing firm in that your job here is what you make of it. Unlike large firms with cumbersome bureaucratic systems, Rincon really removes obstacles from your path. You can take the journey as far as you want to take it knowing that you’ll have the support of your team and the company leadership. It’s been exciting to be a part of Rincon’s growth. Since I’ve been here, the firm has gone from about 95 employees to over 250. It feels like I’m on the ground floor of a new movement. It’s a great time to be working with Rincon.”
Chris grew up as a typical “Angelino” with no connection to the world beyond the urban sprawl of the Los Angeles area. In college, Chris took a shot at an anthropology course and quickly learned about possible career paths that did not include cubicles (he was still naive). After taking a field course and exploring archaeological sites in the Mojave Desert, Chris was hooked. He finished out his bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly Pomona and immediately jumped into graduate school at Northern Arizona University where he received his M.A. in Applied Archaeology in 2009. Chris owes much of what he has to his wife who has supported his crazy dreams and journeyed alongside him through multiple states until finally settling in Ventura.
Megan's Career Path
Megan Jones joined Rincon in August 2005, after graduating from the University Oregon with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies. After four years in Rincon’s the San Luis Obispo office, she relocated to Monterey to launch a new office. She went on to obtain a Master’s of Public Policy from CSU Monterey Bay. Over the years, she transitioned from analyst to project manager to program and client manager, all the while establishing a reputation for excellent quality, client-focused service. She is an expert in CEQA and NEPA compliance, specializing in complicated and controversial projects. She leads seminars on client and project management, and has served on the Monterey Bay – Silicon Valley Chapter Board of the Association of Environmental Professionals since 2009, and is the 2019 AEP Conference Chair.
As a leader in our Environmental Planning & Sustainability service line, Megan oversees CEQA work in the Monterey region and throughout the state of California. She also actively contributes to the Rincon platform by collaborating on effective recruiting, onboarding, and professional development practices. For several years, she has conducted regular Client Management/Project Management training in Rincon’s northern and central offices, and mentors staff on effective project management, business development, and the intricacies and nuances of CEQA compliance. She is a regular speaker at the State AEP Conference, and is the 2019 Conference Chair.
“We work in a unique industry, which is both highly technical and highly nuanced. There is a wide range of what qualifies as CEQA compliance and navigating the subtleties of CEQA and other environmental regulations can be quite complicated – even onerous. I enjoy helping clients through the process: outlining options, consulting on risks, and guiding them toward an approach that works best for their distinct situation. Rincon is unique in the industry in this regard – we provide client-focused, solution-oriented service for our clients that is among the highest quality in the business. I am proud every day to work within a firm that strives to meet these high standards, and succeeds in doing so.”
“Rincon’s culture emphasizes entrepreneurialism and professional development. My entire career has been with Rincon, and for good reason. I have always felt supported in my professional path – from taking the opportunity to open an office with just four years under my belt, to leading large teams preparing complicated analyses for controversial projects. Throughout the phases of my career I have been lucky to learn from the best in the business. As Rincon has grown, so too has the circle of amazing talented professionals I learn from daily, at every level of the company. I am regularly amazed by the sheer talent, drive, and dedication of Rincon staff, which pushes me to work even harder just to keep up.”
Megan has always been inspired to work hard and excel, and owes this to the tribe of strong women who have surrounded her. This includes her grandmother who spurned the 1950s military wife archetype for a career of her own; her mother, who encouraged her daughters to be strong, independent women and led this by example; and lifelong friends who have pursued their passions and made a difference in the world. She is supported in her own pursuits by an encouraging husband and two amazing children who are truly her best work to-date. She is passionate about her work because of the (albeit small) connection it has to improving the world they will inherit, and is most inspired – in all she does – by their joy, innocence, and curiosity.
Matt's Career Path
Matt Maddox joined Rincon as an intern in January 2007, and then as a full-time environmental planner after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in June 2008. Since then, he has become a recognized expert in general plans, climate change, resiliency, public outreach, regional transportation planning, and documentation for compliance with environmental regulations. He contributes to urban planning and land use studies, sustainable design review, air quality and greenhouse gas analysis, CEQA/NEPA environmental documentation, community involvement, and permitting activities. He regularly leads seminars on modern environmental and planning topics with APA, AEP, and APWA.
Matt serves as a statewide Sustainability Practice Leader, Sacramento office leader, and key facilitator for valuable knowledge and insight exchange across our company. He has always been passionate about maintaining Rincon as a “best place to work.” Matt has also collaborated on planning and executing several of our Annual Meetings. “Our Annual Meetings are key cultural investments at Rincon. We leverage these events to help our people be at the forefront of their careers, and we see the business value of refreshed rejuvenation and excellent client services for months afterwards.”
“Communities are critical. My passion for this work is trying to build plans and policies that make people’s lives better, in as many ways as possible. I feel the best professionals are those that are passionate to help people. Earning a clear understanding of what our client’s needs are, understanding the environment for which they live/work, and being able to put ourselves in their shoes is critical to that goal.”
“Rincon focuses on our people first, and provides them opportunities to excel. We have the freedom to pursue projects that we are passionate about, develop a structure or path to execute a plan of action that leads to exceptional client service, solutions for complex problems, and high-quality work products; all while allowing us to find work/life harmony. Rincon understands that to be our best at work, we need to be the best version of our self at home. “
A Sacramento native, Matt grew up riding bikes and fishing along the American River, swimming in and exploring trails around Donner Lake, hiking and backpacking in the Sierra, and exploring the various communities of the Delta region. He became a surfer while at college in California’s Central Coast, and that made him passionate about land use and environmental planning, particularly after he witnessed the La Conchita landslide in 2005. He saw numerous massive development projects along coastal bluffs and hillsides that prevented public coastal access and significantly altered the beauty and natural state of the coastal environment. Matt says he owes many life lessons to team (baseball and football) and individual (swimming, golf and tennis) sports, and finds daily value in those lessons. “I have always loved history and the lessons we can learn from the past to ensure success in the future. My favorite quote, from one of my favorite humans of history is: “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on others’ lives.” – Jackie Robinson”
Shannon's Career Path
Shannon Carmack joined Rincon in 2015 and holds a BA degree in History (emphasis in American History) from California State University, Long Beach, and a AA degree in Anthropology from Orange Coast College. She has expertise in cultural resources project management, architectural history, historic preservation planning and management, historic research, public outreach, and archival documentation. Her experience stretches across California and includes projects examining housing, government buildings, transportation facilities, recreation centers, and educational facilities. She has extensive regulatory knowledge and experience implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, CEQA, and countless local municipal ordinances throughout the State. In addition to assisting public agencies with regulatory compliance, she has prepared Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, preservation plans, design guidelines, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and historic context statements.
As the Architectural History Program Manager at Rincon, Shannon provides senior oversight for environmental compliance or preservation-related projects throughout the state. She currently oversees project operations and guides Rincon teams in the management and treatment of historic properties. She maintains excellent client and agency relationships by providing recommendations for the treatment of historical resources and historic properties, and by developing effective and meaningful mitigation strategies for her clients. She supervises the program’s architectural history specialists to conduct surveys and archival research, prepare technical reports and environmental documentation, and implement mitigation measures, as necessary. She also contributes on a number of internal committees to support Rincon’s growth.
“I believe it is the role of a professional consultant to provide stakeholders with information that is beneficial in their decision-making process, to ensure they are making the best choices for their community. We achieve this goal through our preparation of clear, understandable documents that are thorough and legally defensible.”
“One of the things I greatly value about what we have here at Rincon is a culture that encourages entrepreneurial spirit, and provides its employees with the tools and support they need to pave their own professional path. What I think creates that is an ideal balance of structure, support, and strategic ambiguity – where we can create new paths, and new strategies. Another of my key appreciations is the diverse range of project types we have. For a cultural resource professional, it’s such a pleasure to have projects in so many different regions and varied service lines. In a week, I can be researching the original transportation corridors of Los Angeles, assisting a client with their rehabilitation of a historic age barn, and end the week with an Olmstead designed historic landscape. The Rincon culture is staff-focused, and if you support and grow a fantastic team, you will produce excellent documents and excel at developing life-long client relationships.
“When I was 18, I moved to England to study abroad. Surrounded by centuries of history and architecture, I fell in love with the built environment. I spent that time exploring art museums and castles and archaeological sites throughout Great Britain. I particularly fell in love with the work of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the British Arts and Crafts movement which he contributed to. This interest lead me to explore career opportunities in Cultural Resources Management when I returned to California; first through archaeology and then quickly into architectural history. My passion for history, art, and architecture fuels my interest in this field. Learning about the cities and communities I am working in brings me a connection with California’s geography and communities in a meaningful way.”
Chris's Career Path
Chris Julian joined Rincon in June 2016 as a senior regulatory specialist in the newly-founded Santa Barbara office. He had spent the prior 15 years working for larger, corporate consulting firms, but wanted to join a company that was more flexible and client-oriented. For five years Chris had served as one of the project managers on a complex and controversial CEQA/NEPA effort for a master planned housing development in Los Angeles County. That experience shaped Chris’ interest in larger, multidisciplinary projects, where success requires an understanding of the relationships between the various agencies, and the legal requirements involved.
Chris oversees Rincon’s Natural Resources practice in the Santa Barbara office, and is integrally involved in several of Rincon’s major programs. He also serves as the Principal reviewer for numerous Rincon deliverables. Chris works closely with our biological resources regulatory practice, providing direction, mentoring staff, and reviewing deliverables. He participates in a handful of internal teams that focus on identifying and mitigating financial risks, and advancing our practice areas.
“In the field of environmental consulting, it has often been said that a firm is only as good as its deliverables. However, there’s an often-overlooked corollary to that: a firm’s deliverables are only as good as the professionals that prepare them. To be successful in the long-term we must continuously engage, challenge, and develop our staff. We must also identify and recruit the most talented professionals we can, adding excellence to our programs and new qualifications to our firm.”
“This is an exciting time to be working at Rincon, as there’s just an incredible amount of opportunity. We’ve been growing rapidly, and have added a great many truly talented consultants to our team. Each of these people brings a unique resume, including a combination of client base, technical skills and qualifications, special certifications, and specific project experience. It’s been very inspiring to reach out across the firm in search of particular expertise, and to learn how much our rapid growth has translated to expanding Rincon’s qualifications as a company. The next few years will be exciting, as we’ll be leveraging our resources to pursue new markets and larger, more complex and visible projects. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it!”
“I’ve had a love of nature from a young age, and I hold a fundamental belief that the needs of the American population can be met and balanced without unnecessarily degrading our environment. The win-win is out there. As a consultant, I’m inspired by clients who are flexible enough to see a benefit in finding compromises between project objectives and environmental considerations. Often what these clients need is help understanding the requirements and the science, which is exactly where Rincon helps.”