Michael Nieto

San Diego Office Director


Michael Nieto is the director of WRA’s San Diego Office. Michael has an expertise in communicating regulatory and technical concepts to stakeholders in an easy to understand manner, helping projects avoid misunderstanding and procedural missteps. Michael has effectively developed local staff via trainings, recruitment, and strategic teaming partnerships to meet the needs of projects, agencies, and clients.

In addition, Michael is an effective project manager specializing in wetlands/permitting, vernal pools, vegetation mapping, rare plant surveys, habitat restoration, arroyo toad surveys, and agency permit negotiations.  Michael has managed several large-scale municipal infrastructure contracts for projects with wetlands and biology challenges. Projects under his direct responsibility vary in size and complexity from small area wetland assessments to large scale EIS/EIR’s and USACE 404 Individual permit process. Through a focus on quality and responsiveness, Michael has successfully managed repeat work with local and federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), National Park Service (NPS), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), and the City and County of San Diego.


B.S., General Biology, University of California, San Diego, 1999


USFWS-Approved Arroyo Toad Handler

Arid West Wetland Delineation

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM)

MCV2 Vegetation Mapping Workshop

Native Grass Identification

Rare Plants of Cismontane Southern California

Society of American Military Engineers

Association of Environmental Professionals

California Native Plant Society

Society of Wetland Scientists