Chad Beckstrom, AICP is a Senior Environmental Director and leader of Ascent’s greater Orange County/Los Angeles office. He has over 25 years of experience in the environmental planning consulting industry and brings expert knowledge and application of CEQA and other environmental regulatory requirements. Chad thrives on solving complex problems and providing his clients with the best professional advice, and is highly-motivated by interesting and challenging work.
Chad's project portfolio includes maritime port development, water/wastewater infrastructure, renewable energy and transmission, transportation infrastructure, schools, recreation and parks, habitat restoration, residential/ commercial/ industrial development, and master planning projects. In addition to serving as an instructor for UCSD Extension’s CEQA Certificate Program, he has instructed courses, workshops, and webinars on CEQA and NEPA through other university extension programs, educational seminars, professional organization conferences and workshops, and client-focused customized training programs.
Chad earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Cal Poly Pomona, and a B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine, and he maintains an active and up-to-date Certification from the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners.