Molly Birnbaum

Molly Birnbaum

Molly Birnbaum

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Position or Title Senior Regulatory Analyst

Professional Biography Molly has worked in both the U.S. and Canada and is fluent in a variety of resource and regulatory issues in both countries.  She has seven years experience working in collaborative process planning and permitting in the Alaska Coastal Management Program and collectively she has 11 years of environmental issue resolution experience, including project design and implementation. She has an in-depth knowledge of air, land and water quality disputes.  At Kearns & West, she facilitatited and managed the process for a hydroelectric relicensing project.  Her work includes facilitating the Tribal Relations Working Group, a working group which takes relicensing with Indian Tribes into a new solutions-orientated direction. Her collaborative work includes serving as the regulatory lead as a negotiator and coordinator in permitting processes for complex energy and coastal development projects in the State of Alaska.  During her work with the Governor’s Office of Alaska, she negotiated community, aboriginal, state government and industry concerns for projects impacting environmental resources and habitat.  She collaborated with local communities, agencies and industry representatives, and has successfully navigated her way through public, regulatory and agency controversy.  While working with the Governor’s Office, she also conducted regulatory training sessions and conducted training for North Slope Alaska Natives to incorporate their traditional knowledge effectively into the re

Address Line 1 Owl Ridge NRC

City Anchorage

State Alaska

Zip 99507

Phone (907) 891-7270

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network Yes

Total Cases Last 10 Years 20

ECR Services Provided

Strategic Planning for Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Conflict/Situation AssessmentAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Public Engagement/Public InputSeismic exploratino - North Slope2012
Policy DialoguesPetroleum System Regulatory Gaps Analsys2010
Regulatory NegotiationsPetroleum System Regulatory Gaps Analsys2010
Joint Fact Finding/Neutral EvaluationPetroleum System Regulatory Gaps Analsys2010
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortHydro License renewal -Cultural Resources Management Plan2005
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationHydro License renewal -Cultural Resources Management Plan2005

Case Size

Cases involving more than 60 participantsAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsSeismic exploratino - North Slope2012
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsCoalbed Methane Industry Land/Regulatory Analyst- Landowner Liaison2006

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

Multi-jurisdictionalAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Large landscape scaleAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
National or regionally significant casesAlaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
StatePetroleum System Regulatory Gaps Analsys2010
IntergovernmentalNPDES GP for Drilling Platforms in Cook Inlet, AK1998

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsHydro License renewal -Cultural Resources Management Plan2005
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsHydro License renewal -Cultural Resources Management Plan2005
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Implementation Tools (e.g., content management tools, project management tools)Alaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)Alaska LNG Pipeline Project2013
Visualization Tools (e.g., electronic maps, flyover video simulations, geographic information systems, digital storytelling)Seismic exploratino - North Slope2012
Engagement/Communication Tools (e.g., polling tools, social media, collaborative document production, video conferencing, webinars, ideation tools)Petroleum System Regulatory Gaps Analsys2010

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