Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland, CWB

Senior Wildlife Biologist & Regulatory Specialist

Education

    M.S., Environmental Science, Washington State University, Pullman
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Training and Certifications

    Certified Wildlife Biologist, the Wildlife Society (2014)

Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, senior wildlife biologist, and environmental compliance expert. She has over 20 years of experience in ecological research, program management, environmental regulation and compliance, and terrestrial ecosystem monitoring in the Western United States. She has served as senior wildlife biologist and task lead manager for a large number of projects that require endangered species permitting and biological analysis for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) compliance. Ms. Holland specializes in evaluating impacts on threatened and endangered wildlife species and their habitats as well as coordinating with resource agency staff to ensure compliance with the Federal and State Endangered Species Acts, including completing Section 7 consultation. Prior to her position at GEI, she spent 4 years conducting ESA consultations as a United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist, reviewing projects to assess impacts on listed species, providing technical assistance to minimize impacts on listed species, and preparing biological opinions for projects that impacted federally listed species and designated critical habitat. While at USFWS, Ms. Holland garnered extensive knowledge of the federally threatened giant garter snake and assisted with conservation and recovery planning for this species through research consolidation, technical oversight, and coordination with species experts. In addition to having worked for USFWS, as well as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, Ms. Holland has worked extensively with state and federal agencies to assist clients with compliance with California Endangered Species Act (CESA)/Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and CEQA/NEPA. She leads GEI’s biological resources team, overseeing field surveys and construction compliance monitoring.