“Ellen’s promotion to Principal reflects many years of hard work and a dedication to insightful analysis.  Ellen brings a great combination of attributes appreciated by clientele and colleagues alike – she sees the big picture, tracks evolving industry trends, and maintains a commitment to precise and transparent technical analysis.  Her tenacious work ethic and cultivation of EPS staff have been critical to the success of the firm and the Sacramento office.”

— David Zehnder, Managing Principal

Economic & Planning Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Ellen Martin to Principal.  With expertise in the areas of public finance; real estate market and development feasibility; fiscal and economic impact analysis; development impact fees; and land use policy, Ellen provides analytical and advisory services on behalf of public- and private-sector clients throughout California.  Over the course of her 13-year career at EPS, Ellen has developed a keen interest in analyzing how the built environment relates to local economies and how land use policies, development incentives, and other mechanisms can be deployed to complement, catalyze, and sustain increased levels of economic activity.

Her recent notable projects include Infrastructure and Public Facilities Finance Plans for the City of Sacramento’s Railyards Specific Plan and Central City Specific Plan, Housing Target Market Analyses for the Downtown and East Alisal areas of the City of Salinas, as well as a variety of infrastructure finance, economic development and real estate market and financial feasibility services in support of several discrete planning efforts in the City of Fresno.

Ellen enjoys confronting seemingly intractable real estate and municipal finance problems, developing robust technical models to highlight and understand key dynamics, and working collaboratively with all parties to develop innovative and workable resolutions.  In her new role as Principal, Ellen will maintain her focus on these and other aspects of her consulting practice and will be increasingly involved in firm management and strategy.