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Chaz O'Brien, Landscape ArchitectColleen (Chaz) O'Brien

Assistant Regional Trails and Travel Management Program Leader


  • Site and Land Use Planning and Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning and Design
  • Habitat Restoration Planning and Design
  • Ecological Planning and Design
  • Recreation and Trail Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape and Human Ecology
  • Cultural and Historic Preservation
  • Computer Graphic and Design
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Grants Program Administration
  • Facilitation and Mediation
  • Policy
  • Marketing


  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Masters of Landscape Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia


  • Regional Scholarship, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Program on Negotiation

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Sierra Business Council
  • U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, currently undertaking a national conflict resolution practitioners certificate


Chaz has worked as a landscape architect and planner since 1997. Prior to joining TEAMS, she worked for private sector planning and design firms, Caltrans (CA DOT) and the Inyo National Forest as a landscape architect, transportation, recreation, and environmental planner. In the last three years she has worked as a collaborative and community planning specialist, environmental conflict resolution specialist, interdisciplinary team leader, and has been under a work order with the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region (R5) as the Assistant Program Leader of the off-highway vehicle and over snow vehicle program and the Regional Forester’s Assistant Travel Management Project Lead since 2006. 

As a member of TEAMS, Chaz has brought her vast experience and knowledge in landscape architecture and planning. Chaz has worked internationally on the design and development of cultural heritage parks with Aboriginal Communities in Australia and urban planning in Montevideo, Uruguay amongst other projects.

Her work has taken her across the U.S. providing expertise to both the Government and private sector.

Chaz has worked with TEAMS since 2004.

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