Special Projects & Regulatory Affairs Manager
Cynthia Martin is a licensed attorney and Special Projects Manager with Schmitz & Associates, Inc. Cynthia maneuvers land use clients through the entitlement and development process including project submittals as well as governmental hearings and appeals. She also prepares feasibility studies to provide preliminary assessment of development standards and policies impacting land development projects, including evaluating potential developmental constraints and likelihood of obtaining governmental project approval. When compliance is not feasible, Cynthia analyzes proposed compliance alternatives to mapped ESHA areas, USGS blue line streams, flood plains and other developmental constraints by utilizing transfer development credits, open space easements and proposed legislative changes. Her experience includes advocating with regulatory agencies having an impact on land development including, but not limited to, the California Coastal Commission, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Lands Commission and County and City regulatory agencies (continue scrolling for more)…<!- /bio-summary –>
EducationCynthia graduated from Pepperdine School of Law where she was the research assistant to the Academic Dean and drafted several chapters for the Thompson on Real Property treatise. She was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and the Phi Delta Phi legal honors society. Cynthia also studied law at Cambridge University in the UK, Moscow’s Institute of Law and Economics (MGIMO) and the Europa Institute in the Netherlands where she was certified in European Union law. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCSC and studied journalism at UCLA.
- Scored in the top 3% nationwide on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
- Member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, sworn in before the full Bench by the late Chief Justice Rehnquist; licensed to argue cases before the High Court.
- Attended the Bush Gorbachev Summit in Moscow.