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AECOMs Lindsey Cavallaro works in environmental planning

AECOM's Lindsey Cavallaro works in environmental planning

 January 22, 2024

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AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come.

Meet AECOM Department Manager in Environmental Planning and Permitting, Lindsey Cavallaro.

Lindsey joined AECOM over 25 years ago as a college intern. Since then, she has progressed from technical analyst to industry leader as she helps deliver multi-million-dollar, multi-disciplinary projects throughout Southern California.

A passion for environmental science and technical excellence

AECOM Department Manager, Environmental Planning and Permitting

Lindsey oversees a team of nearly 170 cultural and natural resources specialists and environmental planners. She is also the Client Account Manager for California’s second largest utility, Southern California Edison. Lindsey sits in the San Diego office and is currently raising her children in the same house that she grew up in.

Lindsey explains that her transformative career journey with AECOM began over 25 years ago when she was a college intern at KEA Environmental, an AECOM legacy firm in San Diego.

"This experience ignited my passion for environmental consulting and prompted me to switch my major from pre-med to environmental science," says Lindsey.

"After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, I worked at a few small environmental firms and then as a planning intern for the City of Ventura while I attended graduate school. Throughout this time, I maintained connections with the team at KEA Environmental, which had since been acquired by EDAW."

Leading projects for key clients

After graduating in 2005, with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management, with an emphasis on conservation planning, Lindsey took an entry-level environmental analyst position at EDAW, which was acquired by AECOM six months later.

"From day one, I put my generalist background to use, diving into a diverse array of projects. By saying 'yes' to new challenges and collaborating with individuals from various technical backgrounds, I expanded my expertise and was exposed to many different clients and teams. I soaked up as much knowledge as I could, participating in AECOM-offered trainings, shadowing technical experts in the field, and learning under mentors and supervisors with diverse backgrounds and skillsets," Lindsey explains.

"I progressed quickly from a Technical Analyst, to a Deputy Project Manager, to a Project Manager, eventually leading multi-million-dollar, multi-disciplinary projects for key clients throughout Southern California. This period coincided with me starting a family and raising two young children. I am incredibly fortunate to have had supportive managers who recognized my potential and allowed me to chart my path in a way that enabled me to thrive in my career as well as my other full-time job as a mom!"

Embracing excirting career opportunities

Through managing projects and working with talented and diverse teams, Lindsey also discovered her passion for leadership. She became a People Manager in 2012 and by 2018, and advanced to become the Group Manager overseeing a team of around 60 natural resources specialists. In that same year, Lindsey was offered the position of Client Account Manager (CAM) for Southern California Edison, a role she holds in addition to her current position.

"I was initially uncertain about this role because I did not have any official CAM training, but I accepted and jumped in with both feet. I realized quickly that the skills I had acquired as a project manager and group manager equipped me well for the CAM role," recalls Lindsey.

In 2022, Lindsey moved into her current position as Environmental Planning and Permitting Department Manager for Southern California and Hawaii.

"Despite my initial reservations about being totally ready, I embraced the opportunity. Every step in my journey has prepared me to take on this new challenge. Today, I find immense fulfilment in my role and believe that I’m precisely where I should be. Yet, I’m also eagerly anticipating the next chapter in my journey!" she says.

Working with diverse groups

For Lindsey, the best part about her AECOM job is definitely the people.

"I work with an incredibly talented and diverse group of individuals and teams, as well as some fantastic clients. I love seeing my team thrive and grow in their own career journeys, and I relish forming lasting, positive relationships with our clients. If I’ve learned anything after being in this industry for over 20 years, it’s that relationships are the cornerstone of success," explains Lindsey.

Charting a great career path within AECOM

Lindsey explains that one benefit about a large organization like AECOM is the boundless opportunities to chart your own career path.

"You can quite literally transform your career over and over again without ever leaving AECOM. Whether you stay focused on a single career trajectory or move between multiple paths, there is no limit to what you can achieve if you are motivated and open to new opportunities," Lindsey concludes.

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