Ellie Knecht

Regulatory Permitting Specialist


Ellie Knecht received a Masters in Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specialized in conservation planning and water resource management. Her Master’s thesis evaluated fire management strategies for the biological communities of Tejon Ranch in California. Prior to joining WRA in 2014, Ellie worked as a coastal program analyst in the regulatory division of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). She has extensive experience in permitting for a wide-range of projects in the San Francisco Bay. Ellie also worked at the Trust for Public Land, where she contributed to planning efforts to prioritize opportunities for open space protection. At WRA, Ellie’s work includes biological resource assessment, rare plant surveys, and environmental compliance and permitting to include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) section 404 permits, Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) section 401 permits, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Biological Assessments.


Encinal Dune Restoration and Shoreline Stabilization Project, East Bay Regional Park District, Alameda, California

Brooklyn Basin Shoreline Redevelopment, Signature Development Group, Oakland, California

India Basin Shoreline Redevelopment, Build Inc., San Francisco, California

Matadero Creek Restoration and Bank Repairs, Town of Los Altos Hills, California

Broadway Plaza Master Plan, Macerich Northwestern Associates, Walnut Creek, California

Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway Improvements, Marin County Public Works, Marin County, California


MESM, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2012.

BA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley. 2004.