Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, adds Eric Haase as chief operating officer. Based in San Francisco, Haase brings more than two decades of operational experience across a diverse range of business lines for the building, engineering, and environmental industries. He joins ESA after a tenure serving as a director of operations at AECOM.
“The breadth and depth of Eric’s experience, his history working in aligned industries, and his success in developing companies to their full potential will serve us very well,” said ESA President Leslie Moulton-Post. “He is strategic, brings an employee-centered philosophy, and excels at developing systems and processes that support collaborative teams. Eric’s own first-hand understanding of client service and project delivery will enable him to administer the best operations structure for our company.”
Haase began a construction and engineering career with the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps before managing, planning and designing projects and later serving as vice president and manager of operations in San Diego and Oakland for URS Corporation. After URS’s acquisition by AECOM, Haase propelled into the role of vice president of its Buildings and Places business line and then senior vice president and area manager of Northern California and Nevada. At AECOM, Haase managed operations for more than 1,100 employees and six business units, and his practice area experience extends to environmental, planning, engineering, design, and construction. Haase received his BS from Santa Clara University in electrical engineering and attended the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Executive Leadership Program for AECOM. Haase is a certified Professional Engineer and LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional).
“ESA is an immensely respected firm with the best science and consulting practitioners in the environmental space, built from an employee-centric culture grounded in a management style that values clear decision making and transparency,” Haase said. “A true passion of mine is understanding how science-based environmental study, assessment, and compliance processes can address the needs of the built environment, while protecting, preserving, and enhancing our natural resources. This role with ESA brings an unmatched professional opportunity to support the high-quality technical work and experts in the field who do work every day that truly matters.”