Ashley Zavagno, CERP

Restoration Ecologist


Ashley Zavagno is an experienced restoration ecologist with expertise in compensatory mitigation, conservation planning, ecological restoration, and ecosystem market analyses. She earned her Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara with a specialization in conservation planning. Her interdisciplinary education has given her breadth of knowledge in environmental economics, business, law and science.

For her thesis work, Ashley worked with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and local experts to develop a conservation plan for the Morro Bay watershed that addressed biodiversity loss, water quality degradation, and climate change issues. The work combined WARMF, a watershed modeling program, Marxan, a spatial conservation optimization program, and GIS to highlight priority conservation areas and determine optimal land management strategies.

At WRA, Ashley manages the planning, entitlement, and implementation of mitigation/conservation banks, in-lieu fee programs, and other large scale restoration projects. Her work includes informing restoration design; conducting endowment analyses, drafting long-term management plans, analyzing mitigation market data; creating performance standards; and completing feasibility studies.


WRA Mitigation Banking Interactive Database, San Rafael, California

Property Mitigation Feasibility Study, Oakley, California

Antonio Mountain Ranch Mitigation Bank, Placer County, California


MESM, Conservation Planning, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2015

BS, Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2010


Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP), #0235

Certified Ecologist, Ecological Society of America

Wetlands Regulation and Mitigation, University of California Davis Extension. 2015

Mitigation and Conservation Banking, University of California Davis Extension. 2015

CEQA/NEPA Workshop, Association of Environmental Professionals. 2015