Pamela Lesser was an Associate at Ecologic Institute and brought her expertise in sustainable urban and environmental planning to bear on projects about smart cities and the interface between urban and natural environments. She focused on projects at Ecologic Institute that investigate economic transformation in urban environments and the interactions of natural and anthropogenic pressures on the Mediterranean marine ecosystem; meanwhile, she also helped develop institutional partnerships for the Brussels office. She is a native English speaker and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Her projects at Ecologic Institute included I-CITE: Transforming Economies through Community on behalf of the European Commission's (EC) DG External Relations and PERSEUS for the EC's DG Research and Innovation. She also organized a conference on smart cities for the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) and wrote articles comparing carbon-neutral cities in Europe, the US, and the Middle East.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, she served as ICLEI-USA's (Local Governments for Sustainability USA) National Policy Analyst and founded a private consultancy that specializes in land use feasibility, impact assessment, and environmental compliance projects for leading private and public sector clients nationwide. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Pamela Lesser was an Environmental Scientist at Jones & Stokes Associates, where she managed a series of high-profile land use projects, including an analysis of the environmental aspects of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard Re-Use Plan.
From 1994 to 1996, she was a planner for the County of Santa Barbara and responsible for onshore and offshore energy policy projects. She has been a planner for Environmental Planning Associates as well as the City of Inglewood, CA, has testified before numerous public and development boards, and speaks on planning issues to audiences in the USA and Europe. Her planning experience includes commercial development, public agencies, environmental and law firms, and the energy sector.
Pamela Lesser was educated at Georgetown University (BA, Political Science), the University of California, Los Angeles (MA, Urban Planning), and the RAND Graduate School, where she was a Doctoral Fellow in Policy Analysis. Her professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Getty Research Institute (GRI), and the Benaki Museum in Athens (Greece).