Eric Jessen is a museum environmental consultant who specializes in finding the geographic locations depicted in California Plein Air and Italian Renaissance canvases. In 2012 he was the consultant to the
Pasadena Museum of California Art for their exhibition Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey.
Jessen retired from his position as Chief of Orange County Department of Harbors, Beaches & Parks (now OC Parks) in 2005, after having been with the department for 31 years. Previously, he was master planner for projects such as LAX redevelopment, the Fluor Corporation world headquarters in Irvine, and Balboa Park in San Diego. Prior to that, he worked as strategic planner for Howard Hughes holdings, where he did the first master plan for the Ballona Wetlands near Marina del Rey.
While Jessen was in college, he worked as a landscape contractor, specializing in ocean front estates in Laguna. He was responsible for the historic landscape restoration of the Villa Rockledge, Laguna’s only home on the National Register of Historic Places. His undergraduate and graduate work was in physical geography and biogeography, both at CSU Long Beach.