Danielle Irwin has joined Cummins Cederberg as a Director in our new Tallahassee office. In her new role she will lead and manage complex coastal and marine structures projects on many of our exciting projects. Her duties will also include training staff on state and federal permitting regulations as they pertain to our projects, supporting policy and rule making efforts for resilient regional shoreline management practices, and tracking environmental legislation.
Prior to joining Cummins Cederberg, Danielle served at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Director of the Division of Water Resource Management overseeing nine, state-wide regulatory programs. In addition, she has held the position of Chief, Bureau of Beaches & Coastal Systems, leading the State’s beach and coastal resources program.
Danielle specializes in water resource management in the State of Florida and has extensive expertise in waterfront development, shoreline erosion prevention, coastal management, stormwater management practices, resiliency planning, sovereignty submerged lands regulations, marinas/ports/inlets, and seagrass, coral reef and wetland habitat assessments. She was instrumental in the establishment of the pilot Palm Beach Island Beach Management Agreement (BMA), a regional master agreement involving the management of the beach/dune/inlet system across multiple municipalities and the County. It took a series of public meetings involving stakeholders to hash out agreement on sand specs, hardbottom resource and sea turtle management, and dune enhancement. Net environmental benefits were gained by reducing the number of outfalls leading to the beach, as well as through annual long-term ephemeral hardbottom monitoring.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as in Environmental Studies, before earning her master’s degree in Oceanography from Florida State University. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager, Professional Wetland Scientist, and LEED Accredited Professional. She serves on the board for the Tallahassee Chapter of Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and as an appointee on the Leon County Water Resources Committee. Danielle is also a member of the Florida Floodplain Managers Association, Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Outside of the office, Danielle is a passionate mother of two (Lorelei, age 14, and Hunter, age 4), enthusiastic outdoors person, and engaged civic volunteer. She loves mountain biking, camping, sailing, yoga, traveling and making memories on family adventures. Locally, Danielle is an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee and my Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary. Her favorite service activities involve helping those with disabilities, promoting better public health, and improving the quality of life of the economically vulnerable portions of our community.