Eric O’Donnell
Senior Associate

Eric brings experience in local governance and grant writing to TPA. Eric has been responsible for major grant awards on behalf of public agency clients. Eric has a strong network with both staff and members of the state and federal Orange County Delegation as well as relationships with local Orange County municipalities. Eric has expertise in the policy sectors of water resources, natural resources, local governance, parks and recreation, and transportation.

Since joining TPA, Eric has worked with numerous public agencies to secure grant funding for water and sanitation policy and infrastructure, natural resources, and parks and recreation. Some of his accomplishments include:

  • Eric worked with the Orange County Sanitation District to secure a $1 million grant award from the Department of Water Resources’ Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program to replace a critical sewer line. Eric worked closely with staff at the Orange County Sanitation District, the Department of Water Resources, and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority throughout the development and implementation of the grant program.
  • Eric secured a $500,000 grant award from the California Natural Resources Agency for the City of Laguna Beach’s DeWitt Property Habitat Restoration project. The project removes invasive species surrounding portions of the Laguna Canyon Creek and restores over 5 acres of critical riparian habitat. Eric implemented a successful project strategy to secure this important funding win for the City, which included an influential site visit by California Natural Resources Agency staff.
  • Eric helped the City of Fountain Valley secure a $226,000 grant from the Active Transportation Program, administered by the Southern California Association of Governments and the California Transportation Commission. The funding allowed the City to build ADA accessible pedestrian curb ramps within neighborhoods that are located near five elementary and middle schools in the Fountain Valley School District and the Ocean View School District. The project will provide greater mobility for the general public and improve the safety of the City’s routes to local schools.

Prior to joining TPA, Eric spent six years working with the City of Brea in their community services department.

On weekends, Eric enjoys making pottery on his throwing wheel and watching his favorite soccer team, Chelsea F.C.



Contact Details

1401 Dove Street, Suite 330
Newport Beach, California 92660


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