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Stephen B. Ellingson, phd
Founder and Principal

Stephen B. Ellingson, PhD, has over 30 years of diverse environmental and management system experience. He founded Vatten Associates in 2018 to streamline his expert offerings. He provides strategic executive and technical expertise with a strong value-creation focus. His career spans both private industry and state regulatory agency work, allowing him to excel at integrating equitable, cost-effective solutions for complex challenges.


He received a PhD in Water Quality, from Arizona State University. His career began at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before transitioning into private industry, serving in roles as: Senior Client Service Manager at TRC Environmental Corporation (2012-2018), Vice President of Environmental Compliance for Georgia Pacific's Building Products Group (2007-2012), and Compliance Directory for Environmental, Transportation and Security Compliance at Koch Mineral Services (1998-2007). He has been an active member of the Air & Waste Management Association since 1995. He currently serves as Emeritus Chair on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, he is now based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our Associates

We have an extensive network of associates. These include highly-qualified senior experts, efficiently field staff strategically located across the county, and deep relationships with a range of specialty services.


We are your one-stop-shop to help maximize your productivity, so you can focus on the big-picture, strategy. This reduces your unproductive, transactional time trying to coordinate the details of all the players on the project team.

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