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Matrix Welcomes Former Director of Environmental Assessment
& Review Division at NYC Department of City Planning

Olga Abinader brings a wealth of environmental expertise and knowledge.

Florham Park, NJ — Matrix New World Engineering (Matrix) announced Olga Abinader (former Director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division at the New York City Department of City Planning) has officially joined the firm as its Director of Environmental Review and Land Use Planning.

Abinader brings a wide range of management, public sector and environmental review process expertise to the team. As the former Director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division with the New York City Department of City Planning, Abinader oversaw expert professionals in the preparation and review of the Division’s growing project portfolio, which included hundreds of active City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) applications to support the transit-oriented growth, housing production and affordability, economic development and resilient and sustainable communities across the five boroughs of New York City. 

Abinader supervised technical staff and signed determinations of significance for numerous key administration projects, including the Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS),  the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan draft EIS, the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning draft EIS, the Beach 67th Street Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) and the Wildflower Studios EAS, to only name a few.  Abinader and her team also provided extensive environmental review support to sister agencies across New York City. Her expertise and experience will help strengthen Matrix’s knowledge and relationships, while further propelling Matrix into a leadership role in the region’s environmental review and  planning fields. 

According to Jayne Warne, PE, President, “We are delighted to have Olga as part of the Matrix team and look forward to her impact in 2021 and beyond. She will play an important role in Matrix’s business development efforts to expand our role in major infrastructure projects and will lead a renewed Matrix focus upon climate change resiliency.”
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