Rachel Hawkins - Assistant Planner

Ms. Hawkins joined the firm in 2015. EMC Planning Group is proud to announce Rachel Hawkins has joined its team as an assistant planner. Rachel has a Juris Doctor degree, with an environmental focus, from Golden Gate School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University at Chico.

Her responsibilities include the research, preparation, and production of environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and assisting with permit processing and various other planning projects.

Prior to joining the EMC Planning Group team, Rachel completed a legal fellowship with the Institute for Fisheries Resources where she worked to ensure various agencies’ projects were in compliance with administrative regulations and environmental policies including CEQA and NEPA. Rachel frequently drafted comments highlighting the deficiencies of environmental documents (EIR/EIS) or composed comments encouraging federal agencies to complete additional environmental review where there was an improper Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Other responsibilities included conducting extensive legal research on environmental issues and drafting weekly briefs simplifying complex environmental law issues to be sent out to the organization’s members.