CCAA Advisory Committee

The CCAA Advisory Committee supports the implementation of the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA). It is responsible for adding new CCAA Partners, approving modifications or amendments to the CCAA, and informing the Programmatic Administrator (UIC) on how best to distribute information to and assist CCAA Partners and current/potential applicants.

The committee is composed of 24 members: one from each of the first 12 organizations to enroll in the Monarch CCAA, 6 representing energy sector Partners, and 6 representing transportation sector Partners. Two of these members are elected by other members to serve as the committee’s chair and vice-chair.

The roles of the chair and vice-chair include:

  • Scheduling and facilitating Advisory Committee meetings
  • Reporting status and updates to Advisory Committee
  • Broadly representing sector/technical team interests/concerns, or as otherwise requested
  • Helping to elevate team member concerns and build consensus across the team

Read the bios for the chair and vice-chair below.

Chair

Eric Johnson, Evergy

Eric Johnson is a Sr. Environmental Consultant for Evergy and has over 20 years of experience working on wildlife conservation and energy related issues in the Great Plains. Prior to Evergy, Eric served as Section Chief for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks where he managed a team of ecologists responsible for assessing and permitting development projects; including new bridge and highway construction, commercial development, and energy related projects.  At Evergy, Eric is responsible for management and implementation of the company’s Wildlife Conservation and Compliance Programs involving Avian Protection, Habitat Conservation, and Threatened & Endangered Species agreements such as the Monarch CCAA. 

Vice-Chair

Amy Golden, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Amy Golden is presently VDOT’s Land Stewardship Program Manager in the Office of Transportation Sustainability. Her current job duties include working with a diverse group of natural resource planners and practitioners to maximize compatible land uses and resources in VDOT’s right-of-way, including aquatic and terrestrial habitat corridors and pollinator habitat. Ms. Golden joined VDOT in 2017 as the Biological Resources Manager and was responsible for providing district project support and streamlining endangered species review procedures with state and federal natural resource agencies. Prior to moving to Richmond, she lived in northern California for 15 years working for the Department of Transportation, the California Energy Commission, and private environmental consulting firms leading similar endangered species project permitting efforts.