Research Team Bios

Ella Ban
Environmental Specialist I
Ella Ban
  • BS, Environmental Management and Protection, California Polytechnic State University, 2021
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Environmental Specialist I, Office of Water Programs, California State University, Sacramento, 2022–Present
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets field and laboratory data from stormwater characterization research projects, stormwater runoff toxicity evaluations, total maximum daily load studies, and similar projects
  • Provides technical expertise and support for stormwater compliance programs
  • Administers research and technical assistance projects, including preparation of selected contract documents, day-to-day contract enforcement, and evaluation of project results
  • Provides quality assurance/quality control for sample collection and reporting activities
  • Assists in the design and planning of Proposition 1 and SAFER Drinking Water Projects
  • Assists in monitoring and inspection of Phase II MS4 Stormwater permits for California State Parks
Environmental Planner, HELIX Environmental Planning, Folsom, CA, 2021–2022
  • Assisted senior staff with the research and preparation of CEQA/NEPA documents and technical studies
  • Coordinated with environmental planning, GIS, word processing, graphics, biology, landscape architecture, accounting, and other HELIX staff to manage and complete projects
  • Assisted senior staff in the research and preparation of letter proposals, contract amendments, and invoices
  • Interfaced with clients, subconsultants, state and local agencies, and the public to foster close working relationships
Planning Intern, Impact Sciences, Los Angeles, CA, 2020–2021
  • Supported complex environmental projects for local and state agencies, including environmental impact reports, initial studies, and mitigated negative declarations
  • Developed programs to streamline the preparation of environmental documents
  • Analyzed environmental impacts on soil and water, air quality, land use, housing, and planning as a result of construction, civil infrastructure improvements, and municipal land use changes
  • Prepared technical analyses for CEQA and NEPA compliance documents
Professional Interests: Data analysis, GIS, visualization and mapping, water resource policy and management, and CEQA/NEPA