Planning Practice Announces Leadership Change

February 28th, 2024

Epsilon Associates, Inc. has announced that Talya Moked, LEED AP BD+C has been named Manager of its Planning Practice. Epsilon’s Planning Practice offers permitting services for commercial, multi-family, industrial/logistics, research and development, life sciences and institutional projects.

An Associate with the firm, Talya takes over from Epsilon co-Founding Principal Cindy Schlessinger who has led the Planning team since the company’s beginning in 1997. Turning over the management duties will allow Schlessinger to focus her efforts on supporting clients.

“Talya’s clients seek her out for her permitting expertise, guidance and calm, straightforward attitude,” said Schlessinger. “Our Planning team looks to her for guidance, mentoring and advice. A combination of her professional prowess and her interpersonal skills make her ideally suited to lead this practice.”

Epsilon has managed the environmental permitting of hundreds of development projects across Massachusetts. Talya has managed Epsilon’s efforts for Dorchester Bay City, a development of over six million square feet (sf) containing a mix of uses, which last month received its MEPA Certificate on the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).

Dorchester Bay City

Other members of the Planning Practice leadership team include firm Principals David Hewett, LEED AP and Geoff Starsiak, LEED AP BD+C and Associate Erik Rexford. Supported by the Planning Practice are scientists and engineers from Epsilon’s Air Quality, Ecological Sciences, Coastal and Marine, Acoustics, and Historic Preservation practice areas.

Talya joined Epsilon in 2013. She is a 2006 graduate of Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Economics. She was awarded her Master of City Planning from Boston University in 2013. Talya is an expert in local permitting, especially within the City of Boston, as well as state environmental review through Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).

Epsilon’s Planning Practice manages and prepares environmental documentation in compliance with MEPA, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Article 80 large project review and local development review regulations, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It offers specialized reviews such as Chapter 91 licensing concerning coastal and inland waterways, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) analyses, Carbon Neutral Building Assessments, Article 37 review, and MEPA Environmental Justice (EJ) analyses.

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