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Mainspring Consulting is a woman owned and staffed micro-business based in Northern California. 


Chantal Simonpietri

Our inspiring leader.

A diverse life, skill and educational background allow her to bring a plethora of creativity and perspective to each project. Her traditional educational background includes a Juris Doctorate in environmental law with a specialization in water law (Vermont Law School, 2003), a bachelor’s degree in geology (Western State College of Colorado, 1993) and assorted graduate coursework in Water Resources Management and Development (CU-Boulder). Ongoing learning continues with habitat restoration field schools, mediation and conflict resolution coursework, climate resilience lectures and anything that inspires her to keep learning.

The past five years featured a deep dive into local, regional, and statewide cannabis environmental regulatory compliance. Previous employers include the United States Geological Survey, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Center for Understanding in Conflict, Real Goods Solar Living Institute, and Michael Franti and Spearhead.


Chantal balances her super-heady work life with an array of activities including ecstatic dance, mountain biking, river running, gardening, collage, and regular, silent, timeless nature connection. Raised in California, Connecticut, and

Argentina, she lives at her wild, urban, micro-homestead in

Ukiah with her teenage son.


LiaMari Cox

The glue, the nuts and bolts, the mover behind the scenes, the quipper of humor on the phone when you are being asked to pay.


Lia is essential to the entire offering that is Mainspring. A recent adult graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Mathematics (Mendocino College, 2021), Lia is now bravely a distance Civil Engineering student at San Diego State University (2025, yeah!).


A super mom to her two (mostly) grown children, Lia spends her very limited spare time running a successful farm to table catering company with her husband Olan. Lia can do anything with a smile and humor and Mainspring is blessed to have her on board.

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