As GIS Manager, Ben uses his analytical skills in project research matters, provides thoughtful forward planning services, and assist clients in obtaining the requisite entitlements for their residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He is skilled in ESRI ArcGIS and has created maps and exhibits that have been used in presentations before the City of Malibu, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, and the California Coastal Commission.
Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Regional Development with a Spanish Minor from the University of Arizona in 2009 and a Master of Public Policy, specializing in American Politics and State & Local Policy, from Pepperdine University in 2012. While working at Schmitz and Associates, Ben is completing his Graduate Certificate in GIS Technology at the University of Southern California.
Ben is currently serving as Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the University of Arizona Alumni Association and completes community service at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue near Downtown Los Angeles.