Leslie Allen

Senior Regulatory Permitting Specialist


Leslie Allen is a Senior Regulatory Permitting Specialist with WRA, Inc. With 25 years of experience working in the public and private sectors.  Leslie specializes in managing multidisciplinary teams to support clients through complex environmental permitting, mitigation, and monitoring efforts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The technical skills that Leslie developed earlier in her career as a field biologist, wetland delineator, and construction monitor inform her approach to navigating environmental compliance and the relationships among regulators, project proponents, construction contractors, and other stakeholders. Leslie is experienced with managing projects from conception to completion. She also is adept at picking up projects where others have left off and getting them to construction.

Leslie manages preparation of project-specific permit applications, consultation packages and mitigation plans to satisfy regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), California State Lands Commission, and California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Leslie also handles permitting and compliance with local ordinances that protect streams, wetlands and trees.


Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Environmental Program Management, Petaluma, California

SMART, Mira Monte Marsh Restoration and Mitigation Project, Novato, California

Marin County Public Works Department, Civic Center Drive Improvements, San Rafael, California

Marin County Public Works Department, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Phase I, Lagunitas, California

City of Larkspur Public Works Department, Doherty Drive and Bon Air Bridge Replacements, Larkspur, California

Contra Costa County Public Works Department, Vasco Road Safety Improvements, Brentwood and Livermore, California’

City of Livermore Community Development Department, Dalton Reservoir Replacement Environmental Permitting and Mitigation, Livermore, California

Monterey County Public Works Department, Palo Colorado Road Repair at Rocky Creek, Palo Colorado, California

Marin County Public Works Department, Deer Island Basin Habitat Mapping, Novato, California

Contra Costa County Flood Control District, Lower Walnut Creek Vegetation Management Study, Concord, California

Caltrans, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project, Emeryville, California

City of Antioch, Antioch Marina Boat Launch Facility, Antioch, California

East Bay Regional Park District, San Francisco Bay Trail at Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline, Oakland, California

East Bay Regional Park District, Dotson (formerly Breuner) Marsh Conceptual Restoration Plan, Richmond, California

East Bay Regional Park District, Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Feasibility Study, Albany, California

City of San Jose Parks and Recreation, Creek Trail Riparian Mitigation Monitoring, San Jose, California

Bull Valley Agricultural Center, Site Development Environmental Opportunities and Constraints Analysis, Port Costa, California

Mills College, Lion Creek Stabilization Plan and Lake Aliso Restoration Plan, Oakland, California

Sanders Ranch Homeowners Association, Sanders Ranch Creek and Road Repair, Moraga, California

Stonebrae LLC, Stonebrae Country Club, Hayward, California

CEMEX, San Quarry Revegetation and Reclamation, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, California


MS, Biology – Marine & Estuarine Science Program, Western Washington University

BA, Biology, University of California Santa Cruz


CRAM, Riverine and Depressional Modules (40 hrs), San Francisco Estuary Institute

Environmental Negotiation, San Francisco Bay Coastal Training Program

Society for Ecological Restoration

California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter

California Invasive Plant Council