Who We Are

Galileo has a team of four management partners that have been working successfully on Project Management Assistance and Consultation (PMAC) projects for numerous state and federal agencies. The team is made up of the following individuals:

who-we-are3J. Grace Ellis

J. Grace Ellis is a Senior Project Manager with 24 years of experience in environmental compliance, both as a consultant and as a National Park Service specialist. She has served as the PMAC project lead on numerous multi-agency projects, including Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, the Mountain States Transmission Project, the Centennial West Clean Line Transmission Line Project, the Zephyr Transmission Line Project, the Lobos CO2 Project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project, and the Sagebrush Focal Area Mineral Withdrawal Project. She is a skilled project manager and facilitator with specific expertise in cultural and natural resource compliance, public outreach, development of decision documents, and tribal consultation. Prior to her work with Galileo, Grace served as an Environmental Protection Specialist for Grand Canyon National Park where she was the project manager for the Grand Canyon Overflights EIS and served on the EIS team for the Colorado River Management Plan and the Grand Canyon Fire Management Plan. Grace is also a regularly invited trainer for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national training courses in managing major rights-of-way and a guest lecturer at Arizona State University for the Environmental Studies Program. Her formal training is in archaeology, public policy, and culinary arts.

Ellen Hopp

Ellen Hopp is a Senior Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in project management and public relations. She has served as the PMAC project lead on the Ten West Link Transmission Line Project, the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project, the Lake Powell Pipeline Project, the Southline Transmission Line Project, the Sonoran Solar Energy Project, and the APS Sun Valley to Morgan Transmission Line Project. Ellen worked as a key PMAC technical advisor for the Ruby Pipeline Project and the Maricopa Solar Park Project. Ellen has worked closely with several federal and state agencies including the BLM, Western Area Power Administration, the Department of Defense, the National Park Service, and several State Land Departments. Her project management skills include facilitation, project start-up, environmental and recreation planning, public outreach, team development, and strategic planning. Ellen is also an invited trainer for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managing major rights-of-way courses. Prior to joining Galileo, Ellen’s project work included statewide and regional public outreach programs for the Arizona Department of Transportation Community and Communications Partnership division, the City of Phoenix, and the BLM. In the private sector, Ellen managed projects internationally for several Fortune 500 companies. She is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and is certified by the International Association for Public Participation.

Maria Martin

Maria Martin is a Records Manager and Project Manager with 28 years of experience in environmental consulting. She has served as the PMAC project lead on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project and as deputy project manager or technical advisor on the Ruby Pipeline Project, the Mid-America Pipeline WEPIII Project, the Lobos CO2 Pipeline Project, the Southline Transmission Line Project, the Lake Powell Pipeline Project, and the Lower Sonoran-Sonoran Desert National Monument RMP Project. Maria manages development and implementation of information management tools and systems for Galileo and specializes in assisting government agencies with the creation of project-specific custom databases for decision files and tribal consultation documentation. Prior to her work with Galileo, Maria served for 19 years as the laboratory director for a cultural resources consulting firm where she maintained project databases and supervised laboratory staff in processing and analyzing artifacts, and preparing archaeological collections and project documentation for curation. Maria has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

Meredith Griffin

Meredith Griffin is a Project Manager and licensed attorney with experience in environmental litigation and FOIA coordination for energy projects. She has worked as the PMAC project lead for the Maricopa Solar Park Project and the Lower Sonoran-Sonoran Desert National Monument RMP Project. Meredith has also worked as a deputy project manager and/or technical advisor on the Ten West Link Transmission Line Project, the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Project, the Lake Powell Pipeline Project, the APS Sun Valley to Morgan Transmission Line Project, the Southline Transmission Line Project, the Sonoran Solar Energy Project, and the Ruby Pipeline Project. She is the lead PMAC developer of inter-agency agreement documents for NEPA projects for Galileo Project and has worked closely with several federal and state agencies. Prior to becoming a partner with Galileo, she worked as a private sector attorney specializing in environmental cases involving NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Meredith is also a guest lecturer at the Arizona State University for the Environmental Studies Program.

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