Matrix New World Engineering Leader Featured in ROI-NJ Article

Top Quote Olga Abinader discusses environmental solutions. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) May 26, 2023 - Olga Abinader, Director of Environmental Review and Land Use Planning (Matrix), was quoted in ROI-NJ environmental services and land use service offerings.

    Abinader holds optimism for the industry. As she stated, “I do expect, with the economic forces at play, inflation and rising interest rates, companies providing services to the private sector — especially in housing, as well as certain industrial or commercial markets — could see more cautiousness about investment and spending…And it’s hard to tell how many clients may experience difficulty in getting loans … so, there could be a lag.”

    Abinader remains positive and holds faith in her company. She states, “One of the ways a company of our size can face the challenges and uncertainties is to lean into the public sector as a source of clients. Considering funds are coming into play with the federal infrastructure bill, combined with state-specific investments and municipalities rebuilding after storms and other events, the consensus is that there’s a lot of environmental work to support there.”

    Jayne Warne, PE, President concurs, “As Olga stated, the infrastructure bill is bringing new opportunities and funding to a variety of industries. Environmental issues are always going to remain ‘top of mind’. There is plenty of work needed to continuously provide environmental resolutions.”

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    About Olga Abinader
    Olga Abinader, ENV SP, is an environmental and sustainability professional with over 15 years of urban planning, environmental disclosure policy, public speaking, and leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Abinader is the Director of Environmental Review and Land Use Planning and ESG Lead at Matrix New World Engineering, a renowned environmental consulting firm solving national and global challenges in climate change, infrastructure, transportation, and energy.

    Born in the Dominican Republic, Abinader emigrated with her family to Salem, Massachusetts in the early 1990s. Her family maintained strong connections to their Caribbean heritage by speaking only Spanish at home. As a fully bilingual English and Spanish speaker, Abinader translated for family and friends who had limited English skills. In 1999, Abinader assumed a leadership role in the “La Union Latina” organization, established in 1987 at Salem High School to celebrate Latin-American culture and traditions. In 2007, the preeminent Latinx media group Hispanic Business recognized Abinader as a Winner’s Circle Scholar at the Hispanic Business Inc. Woman of the Year Awards event.

    Over the course of her career, Abinader has been honored with numerous speaking engagements, awards, and recognitions, including: Guest Speaker on the ¿Que Pasa, NJ? PBS Talk Show (2022), LatinX Podcast with Randy Gomez (2022), and ‘WRNJ Morning Drive Show’ with Host Bert Baron; the Manager of the Year Award (Joe Salvo Award) at the New York City Department of City Planning, New York, NY (2019); Scholarship Honor and Guest Speaker at the 5th Annual Hispanic Business Woman of the Year Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada (2007); Panelist Speaker at the New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Art of Being a Modern Latina Event, Lyndhurst, New Jersey (2022); and Podcast Guest and Committee Member for the "Today Is The Day Changemakers" organization, a global digital platform for leaders making a significant positive societal impact (2022).

    Abinader was recently recognized by Crain’s New York Business as a ‘2022 Notable Hispanic Leader’ Honoree.
    In 2023, Abinader was appointed to the Brown University Advisory Council for the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). Founded in 2014, IBES is a thriving interdisciplinary Institute for climate, sustainability, and environmental education and research, achieving national and international stature as one of the top programs of its kind.

    Abinader also gives her time to W.I.D.E. (Women for Inclusion, Diversity + Equity). This volunteer group promotes the inclusion and equality of all people through education and community outreach in rural communities of upstate New York.

    As the former Director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division with the NYC Department of City Planning, Abinader led hundreds of active City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) applications to support transit-oriented growth, housing production and affordability, economic development, and resilient and sustainable communities across NYC.

    Abinader received her Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University.

    About Matrix New World Engineering
    Matrix New World Engineering is a company of engineering and science experts who focus on some of the nation’s most pressing long-term challenges, including climate change, resiliency, ecological restoration, contamination studies, water supply, disaster response, and urban revitalization. Matrix believes solving environmental challenges through careful planning and engineering is an indispensable measure of success.

    Matrix has offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, and Louisiana coupled with project experience throughout the United States and the Caribbean. For more information on the firm, please contact: Jayne Warne, President 800.747.MATRIX, jwarne ( @ ) mnwe dot com


    Media Contact:
    Amy Delman
    Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC

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