Principal Policy & Planning Specialist
- M.M.A., Marine Affairs, University of Washington
- B.A., Editorial Journalism / Environmental Policy, University of Washington
- Endangered Species Act Compliance
- National Environmental Policy Act/State Environmental Policy Act (NEPA/SEPA)
- Tribal Treaty Rights
- Environmental Compliance and Permitting
- Transportation Planning
- Marine and Nearshore Ecology Requirements
Sasha Visconty has 25 years of experience in regulatory compliance in Washington State, focusing primarily on marine infrastructure and transportation development projects. She also is a skilled team builder with proven ability to manage blended teams composed of agency and consultant staff. Sasha has extensive familiarity with environmental regulations including: Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation; federal, state, and local permitting and environmental compliance; and documentation for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Sasha has expertise in tribal treaty rights, construction protocols around treaty fishing, Section 106, and tribal programs. Sasha specializes in developing environmental strategies that integrate the environmental and tribal consultation processes into planning, design, and construction. She has extensive and positive working relationships with agencies such as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Washington State Ferries (WSF), Sound Transit, and the City of Seattle.
Examples of Sasha’s project work include the following:
- For Sound Transit’s West Seattle to Ballard Link Extension, Sasha is providing strategic tribal and ecosystems support during alternatives analysis. Sasha prepared a tribal plan integrated with the overall project schedule and helps guide the team on treaty fishing considerations. She also provides ESA oversight, and is preparing the state and federal permitting plan and the ESA consultation plan for the project.
- Sasha is supporting the City of Seattle on environmental strategy and tribal consultation for the reconstruction of Piers 58 (Waterfront Park), 62, and 63. Her work includes assisting with tribal consultation and negotiation support, and developing the environmental approach for the reconstruction of Piers 58 and 63 with the resource agencies and tribes. She drafted treaty agreements and operational protocols for the Muckleshoot and Suquamish tribes for the Pier 58/63 project.
- Sasha provides variable and on-demand environmental management on behalf of WSDOT Mega Project office. Work includes policy and technical issue resolution, permit strategy development, cross-agency environmental policy coordination, tribal relation and issue support, technical review and oversight of environmental documents, and construction environmental compliance. Projects include the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, I-405/SR 167 Corridor Program, Gateway Program (SR 509 and 167 Completion projects), and the WSF Seattle Ferry Terminal Replacement Project.