Leslie Allen



Leslie Allen is a Principal with WRA, Inc. She brings 27 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.


Numerous Projects, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
– On-call Environmental Services Program Management
– Windsor Extension
– Various Non-motorized Pathways
– Larkspur Extension
– Black Point Bridge Fender Repair

Dumbarton Rail Corridor, Cross Bay Transit Partners, San Mateo and Alameda Counties, California

On-call Environmental Services, Marin County Department of Public Works, Marin County, California

Olive Avenue Widening, City of Novato, Novato, California

Bolsa Road Fish Passage Improvements, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara County, California

Restore Hayward Marsh, East Bay Regional Park District, Hayward, California

Point Reyes National Seashore Limantour-Laguna Water System Upgrade, National Park Service, Marin County, 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