WRA, Inc. is pleased to welcome Jenn Hyman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP as Restoration Engineering Director. With more than 28 years of experience, Ms. Hyman is a licensed civil engineer providing planning, design, and construction management services to support restoration and water infrastructure projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Hyman’s leadership of WRA’s restoration engineering team denotes a major milestone as the company continues to expand its restoration practice across a broader suite of habitats, geography, and clientele.
“Jenn is not only a well-respected technical leader in her field, but she is incredibly passionate about habitat restoration and community resiliency, which are two critical areas of focus for the company,” said WRA Chief Executive Officer Geoff Smick. “She also brings a strong desire to serve as a mentor which will help our team thrive as they receive support throughout their career paths.”
Ms. Hyman’s restoration work includes salt marshes, San Francisco Bay subtidal eelgrass beds, and watersheds which host steelhead habitat. During her tenure with EKI Environment & Water, Inc., Ms. Hyman served as Director of Engineering, where she was responsible for marketing, quality reviews of design deliverables, staff training, and project management. Ms. Hyman has collaborated with WRA’s biology, design, and permitting staff in the past as the Project Manager for the City of St. Helena, to complete the Upper York Creek Dam Removal Project. A highlight of her career, the project demonstrated not only efficient and effective final design and permitting efforts, but also dramatic results reinstating steelhead trout access to 1.5 miles of quality habitat that had been blocked for more than 100 years.
Ms. Hyman also brings a substantial portfolio of water infrastructure projects, including the design of over 20 miles of transmission mains for a desalination project in Monterey. She has developed close working relationships with federal and state agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California State Coastal Conservancy, in addition to more than a decade of municipal service for Bay Area water districts and utility companies. Ms. Hyman has served in roles at both consulting engineering firms and public agencies, providing her with leadership and management experience as well as a deep understanding of successful client project delivery.
“Facing the myriad of environmental challenges due to climate change as well as competing interests for water, there is a lot of restoration work ahead,” said Ms. Hyman. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge of municipal water coupled with my design and construction experience to WRA’s engineering practice.”
Ms. Hyman completed her academic studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) earning her Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California (#C50926). She is also a LEED Accredited Professional certified by the Green Business Certification Inc. and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) certified by the Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure. Ms. Hyman is currently a member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, Society of Women Engineers Golden Gate Section, and Salmonid Restoration Federation. She also serves as Advisory Committee Member for the Oakland Technical High School Engineering Academy located in Oakland, California.