Jon Chesser has joined Wilson & Company as the Colorado Environmental Operations Manager, working in the Denver, Colorado office.
“I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Wilson & Company team,” he said. “And I use that word specifically – team. There is a real sense of partnership here, both internally throughout the office and externally with our clients. I’ve seen this teamwork in action, having collaborated with Wilson & Company in the past, and that experience is how I knew this would be a great fit for me personally and professionally. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here at Wilson & Company as I have no doubt we will accomplish great things together!”
Jon is an environmental program and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) expert with 15 years of experience in environmental compliance. He worked 11 years for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) leading numerous multidisciplinary teams to deliver a wide range of transportation projects for the state and local agencies.
“We’re thrilled to have Jon on our team,” said Scott Waterman, Associate Vice President. “Jon brings expertise in the complexities of environmental processes and permitting, and just as important, he brings the energy and desire to exceed expectations in everything he does. To put it simply, the day is not complete unless Jon feels as though he has accomplished his goals or improved the team. His discipline and intensity fit in well with our culture, and we’re excited about what the future holds.”
In Jon’s last 1 ½ years at CDOT, he was the statewide environmental program manager for the Office of Major Project Development, coordinating environmental process and compliance for projects over $200 million, with a tolling component, public / private partnership, and/or alternative delivery. His expertise includes managing all aspects of NEPA process from planning through design and construction. Jon has managed and collaborated with owner, consultant, and partnering agency teams to deliver NEPA Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), Categorical Exclusions (CE), Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) studies, environmental resource studies, permitting, and compliance.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University, and attended the School for Field Studies for the Wildlife Management Program in Kenya, Africa.