Women in Conservation: Victoria Colangelo!
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To help celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to highlight someone for her work in wetland mitigation for Florida: Victoria Colangelo! Her company, The Mitigation Banking Group, generates conservation credits for wetland mitigation, helping to environmental efforts to reduce impacts for the past five years.
We wanted to know more about Victoria, so we asked her a few questions:
- How did you get into the field of mitigation and conservation?
I started in the Mitigation Banking industry in 2004. I was a Senior at UCF studying Business Administration with a specialty in Service Marketing. I received a job as an Intern working 10-15 hours a week, filing and stuffing envelopes with mailers. Fast forward 12 years, I started my own company selling wetland & conservation credits throughout the State of Florida in 2016.
- Can you discuss how you assist in the mitigation process?
I assist the environmental consultants with finding mitigation options for adverse and unavoidable impacts to the environment, such as wetlands and species mitigation for their clients.
- What can you tell us about your most challenging project?
Every project is fun and different, from a driveway to the FDOT. I treat each project the same and provide quick and educated responses to assist in the permitting process of obtaining wetland mitigation credits or species conservation credits.
- Who is the inspiration/role model for your work?
I am my own role model, and I continue to get better every day.
- What do you hope to accomplish most in your career?
I hope to accomplish being active in public service and environmental policy.