Trish Fernandez


M.A., Anthropology

CSU, Sacramento

23 years' experience


"Trish and her team at InContext have been very responsive to our requests for support.  InContext is nimble and thorough in addressing our needs, whether we have overflow work, or require a specific technical niche filled out in our team."

"I have subcontracted to InContext on over 25 projects in the Sierra foothills over the past year.  I have found InContext staff to be very professional, reliable, and within or under budget on every project. Their knowledge and commitment to cultural resource preservation is superior. Working with Trish at InContext has allowed me to increase clientele and to maintain an excellent reputation providing diverse biological and environmental services with new and repeat clients. I look forward to a long professional relationship with InContext.”

"Trish Fernandez at InContext is the first person that I go to for advise concerning regulatory matters in Cultural Resource Management. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, she is also always very responsive and professional. Her advice and support have been instrumental in helping me develop graduate courses designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA. Thanks Trish!"

"I have found InContext to be efficient, knowledgeable, and responsive. They use their experience in the field to provide a scope of work focused on the key issues, and then deliver a quality analysis."


"I have had the pleasure of working with Trish Fernandez for over 10 years on numerous projects requiring cultural resources documentation. Trish has been amazing. She understands the nuances of various agencies (the differences between local agencies and state and federal agencies) as well as understands the importance of staying on budget and on schedule. Trish is my go-to firm for all issues relating to cultural resources. She is amazing!"

  •  SBA Woman-Owned Small Business (No. 171606176)
  • USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (No.42001)

  • Utility Supplier Diversity Program (CPUC) Woman Minority Owned Business (No. 15010079)

  • CA Department of General Services Small Business (No. 1795268) 

  • ISN Networld Grade A (400-240604)

  • Gold Shovel Certified (

C. Jesse Phillips


M.A. Candidate, Micronesian Studies

B.A., Anthropology

University of Guam

18 years' experience

Mr. Phillips serves as Crew Chief and Project Coordinator on large survey and excavation projects. He is also InContext’s prehistoric laboratory supervisor and our Safety Manager. Jesse is an archaeologist with over 18 years’ experience conducting archaeological studies (historic and prehistoric) throughout the United States. He is qualified as Field Director for the BLM in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota and has also been permitted for work in the Great Basin and Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) regions in Utah. Jesse is also First Aid, CPR, and HAZWOPER certified and is a PADI certified Divemaster.

His experience includes coastal megalithic and World War II sites in the Mariana Islands, prominent California Bay Area midden burial mounds, Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) cliff dwellings in the American Southwest Desert, and riverside terrace teepee villages in the Montana wilderness. He has successfully completed projects (fieldwork to final reporting) for the BLM, USFS, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. ACOE in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.

Maia Posten

Editor, Graphic Artist

M.A. candidate, Literature 

B.A., English

CSU, Sacramento

12 years' experience

* InContext incorporated in 2015 and was previously dba as Trish Fernandez and Western Properties.


InContext is a small, woman and minority-owned corporation specializing in cultural resources management. 

We are committed to a high level of professional integrity and providing quality products and responsive service.

Larissa Vazquez

Administrative Assistant

A.A., Business Management

Kaplan University

9 years' experience 


About Us

InContext has successfully completed work throughout the western United States for a variety of public agencies and private environmental, engineering, energy, and development firms. In business since 2005*, we have prepared numerous documents in compliance with CEQA, NEPA, SEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA. We are also permitted to conduct archaeological studies in the State of Oregon and will soon be permitted in other states.

We are qualified to conduct work in the fields of prehistoric archaeology, historical archaeology, history, architectural history, and ethnography.

InContext is managed by Trish Fernandez, who has over 23 years' experience conducting cultural resources studies in the western United States. Ms. Fernandez has successfully completed all phases of work and prepared numerous documents covering a wide breadth of resource types in compliance with CEQA, NEPA, Section 106 of the NHPA, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Although experienced in Prehistoric Archaeology, her areas of expertise are the history of the western United States, Historical Archaeology, and Architectural History. She meets the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeologist, Historian, and Architectural Historian; she is a California Registered Historian (No. 583) and a Registered Professional Archaeologist (No. 12198).

Trish has volunteered her expertise by teaching classes and serving on a number of professional and preservation review boards. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the California State Historical Commission's Archaeological Resources Committee and Chair of the Society of California Archaeology's Professional Standards and Ethics Committee.

Mary Bean
Director, CEQA Services
First Carbon Solutions

Terry Strange, Principal
Strange Resource Management

Amy E. Gusick
Assistant Professor
Director, Graduate Program in Applied Archaeology
Department of Anthropology
California State University, San Bernardino


​​Brian Grattidge
Senior Project Manager


Kim Erickson

Senior Project Manager

Westervelt Ecological Services