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Southern CA Planning Division Manager

Andrea Bitterling began her career at HELIX Environmental Planning as an environmental analyst shortly after moving to San Diego in 1997. Through her firm commitment to ensuring that she and her teams consistently provide outstanding client service, she has grown her role at the company to now serving as its Southern California Planning Division Manager. In this role, she oversees both HELIX’s environmental planning and cultural resources staff in Southern California.

Andrea has successfully provided environmental services for a broad variety of public infrastructure and private development projects, as well as regularly managing on-call/as-needed environmental services contracts with government agencies. Andrea is highly sought after by clients for the management of technical studies and preparation of documents to comply with CEQA/NEPA. She has also assisted clients with permitting processes addressing a variety of issues, including air quality, water quality, wetlands, and endangered species. Andrea is exceptional at managing multidisciplinary teams, working closely with staff from a variety of public agencies, and coordinating input from multiple stakeholders to successfully complete environmental review of large, complex projects. She is extremely grateful for the mentorship that she has received throughout her career at HELIX and is dedicated to supporting the growth of the next generation.

Andrea holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia, where she was a Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Redlands. She is a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association.