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Darcy Wheeles, Project Manager and Facilitator

Darcy is a Director in CEA Consulting’s Environmental Policy & Advocacy group. She provides regulatory and policy analysis, strategy, and advocacy for companies and organizations doing business in California. Darcy brings more than 15 years of experience facilitating relationships with regulatory agencies and environmental NGOs on behalf of clients in the renewable energy and transportation sectors. She also has over ten years of experience advising and managing trade associations and is an experienced writer, facilitator, and project manager.

Prior to joining CEA, Darcy worked for an environmental consulting firm where she guided companies in integrating and streamlining their environmental management information systems and developing environmental performance indicators. Additionally, Darcy worked with cities and counties to evaluate proposed development within their jurisdictions and develop long-range plans, including updating general plans.

Darcy serves as the Program Director of the MESA Standards Alliance, a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers developing an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and communication standards for the energy storage industry.

Darcy has a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University with a focus in Environmental Policy and was formerly the Vice Chair of the City of Seaside Planning Commission. Since 2016, Darcy has served as a member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection; she was initially appointed by Governor Brown and reappointed by Governor Newsom in March 2019.

Megna Patel, CED Staff

Megna Patel is a Research Associate supporting the Environmental Policy & Advocacy group at CEA. Megna joined CEA in 2019 and brings her experience in program management, research, and communications to support a range of clients.

Prior to joining CEA, Megna completed a fellowship with the University of California Office of the President where she created and directed a 6-month student ambassadors program for professional skill building and leadership in climate action. She also interned with the Council for Watershed Health.

Megna graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Engineering. While at UCLA, she researched the distribution of stormwater pollution sources in the Los Cerritos Channel Watershed. She also spent a quarter abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica where she studied the effects of effluent on water quality. In her spare time, Megna enjoys running, hiking, and reading.

William J. Quinn, Senior Advisor

William J. Quinn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) – a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business, labor, and public leaders and serves as a senior advisor to the staff of the California Environmental Dialogue (CED). Mr. Quinn has worked extensively in the regulated community in multiple capacities. Prior to joining CCEEB in 1995, Mr. Quinn held environmental management positions for over 15 years with energy and utility industries. He worked closely with key stakeholders in negotiating many of California’s principal environmental statutes. Mr. Quinn develops balanced solutions to regional air quality problems and works closely with district regulators and local communities. As President and CEO, Mr. Quinn represents CCEEB in numerous public forums.

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