JD, University of Washington School of Law
BA, History, cum laude University of California Los Angeles
Silvia Saucedo's practice focuses on the full spectrum of land use, entitlement, CEQA and administrative law matters before a wide range of regulatory agencies and municipalities, and for all product types. More specifically, Silvia's practice encompasses developing entitlement strategies for commercial, industrial, and residential projects in numerous jurisdictions, such as general plan amendments, zone changes, conditional use permits, variances, subdivisions, planned development permits, changes in jurisdiction and other discretionary local planning decisions; leading and coordinating development teams, including architects, engineers, environmental, financial, public relations, and community relations consultants. Silvia also handles a wide variety of redevelopment matters for her clients, including drafting and negotiating disposition and development agreements, owner participation agreements, and exclusive negotiation agreements. As a former executive for a major real estate development company, Silvia has tackled difficult and sophisticated challenges facing developers in a volatile environment. As a result, she has experienced development from many different angles and brings to her clients a valuable perspective in every step of the planning and approvals process.
In addition, due to Silvia's distinct experience as a policy maker, her clients benefit from her unique perspective on the workings of government. Silvia served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she oversaw, managed and set policy for the DWP, the largest municipal utility in the country. Prior to serving on the DWP Commission, Silvia was the youngest person in the history of the City of Los Angeles to be appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission. During her tenure as a Police Commissioner she managed and formed policy for the LAPD as well as selected Chief William Bratton to lead the department.
Silvia is also the founder and owner of the Saucedo Group, a woman- and minority-owned consulting firm that advises clients respecting all aspects of real estate development, including the entitlement process, strategic planning, project management, land use, sustainability and government relations.
Silvia is the recipient of various awards, including being named as one of the most Influential Women in Real Estate by Real Estate Southern California. She has authored and is quoted in various industry journals.