Director of Planning, Pavan Bhatia
Pavan Bhatia is the Director of Planning at Schmitz and Associates and brings over 25 years of experience in planning to the firm. Pavan is a results-focused leader specializing in building and managing solid teams, creating strategic programs and oversight, providing administrative leadership and supporting professional services contracts while cultivating key internal and external relationships that maximize an organizations success.
Pavan graduated from Harvard University’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate. Her Graduate work at Harvard focused on General Management: Strategic Planning, Organizational Management, Public-Private Development, Real Estate, Legal and Regulatory Issues, Land Use and Public Policy, Urban Design and Environmental issues. Pavan also received certification from California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech), Project Management Program where she earned skills in business effectiveness and efficiency. Pavan also has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC).
Pavan has served as the Executive Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations and the Director of Facilities at two Ventura County School Districts. At Conejo Valley Unified School District she was responsible for facilities management, modernization, deferred maintenance and technology services at (33), K-12, special education, alternative education and adult education sites. Her position included directing a staff of over 150 members in planning, technology, maintenance, grounds, custodial and internal office personnel. In addition to internal district facilities programs, she managed the professional services agreements, DSA submittals, construction projects, making numerous Board presentations and other public presentations. At Oxnard School District, Pavan was responsible for (21) schools and (4) support sites.
Previously, Pavan was the Capital Planning Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) for the Amgen- Life Sciences account headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Her work included developing a customized Capital Planning process and decision-making tools for Global Business Owners in North American and Europe for long-range planning on GMP and GFOE Facilities. The process included evaluating, estimating, and prioritizing projects on (8) campuses. The portfolio included 13 Million square feet and 4.5 Billion Dollars in assets. In a cross-functional partnership with Amgen, she developed over (100) projects exceeding $40 Million for the 2015-Capital Plan (LRPM). In 2016, she developed over (200) projects exceeding $60 Million.
Previous to her work at Amgen, Pavan was the Master Planner for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She worked with LAUSD Facilities for over 10 years on long-term strategic master planning activities. Pavan lead efforts to master plan campus projects at over (800) hundred sites, including initial planning for Measure-Q, a $7 Billion Dollar voter approved Bond to master plan and modernize existing schools.
Pavan wrote Modern Concepts for Los Angeles Public Schools, 2009. The document was presented at Harvard in July 2009 which served as a strategic base for master planning future needs at over 800 schools. Pavan completed Master Planning Los Angeles Public Schools, 2013, which illustrates the implementation of a comprehensive Master Planning process, bond programs, facilities, Division of the State Architect and future planning goals for every campus in LAUSD.