Meet some of our Featured Employees
Featured Employee: Lyndi Garwood
Land Use Entitlements Team
Los Angeles, CA
I’ve always loved cities. I earned my degree in architecture at the University of Texas, Austin, but I wanted to be a part of the larger discussion of the urban environment and how to use it to make people’s lives better. So I came to Los Angeles to get my Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at USC.
After working at a small firm for a few years, I joined Psomas to work on larger projects that would have more impact within the community. Now I help entitle and plan for projects that are unique and diverse, everything from the NBC Universal campus design to mixed-use high rises and large-scale subdivisions.
Psomas is a great place to work, and I’m lucky to work under an amazing leadership team that makes me feel they are truly invested in me. I get a seat at the table and the opportunity to participate in discussions on strategic planning and growth.
Having grown up on a farm in Texas, I have a passion for food and food sustainability. I’m an avid baker and love taking part in the LA food scene— there are so many yummy things to discover, but I still miss my Tex-Mex.
Featured Employee: Paco Villavicencio
Civil Engineering Designer
Los Angeles, CA
I graduated from UC Irvine with a BS in civil engineering right in the midst of the Great Recession. The job market was not great so I joined the LAPD for a brief time. My first love was always civil engineering, so in 2014 I started working at Psomas.
Psomas provides excellent tools to become a great engineer. I joke that I learned more in my first week at Psomas than I learned in two years of interning at my previous company.
I’m on the Land Development Team in our Los Angeles office, working on Downtown LA hi-rise projects. Of everything I do—designing utilities, stormwater treatment systems, and grading plans—what I enjoy the most is working with the city on permit processing. I’m dealing with people and I find that it’s actually similar to being a police officer. You need good communication skills and good people skills to get better insight into a situation and a head start on finding a solution.
I haven’t given up the police force entirely though. I’m still an active reserve officer with the LAPD Central Division in Downtown LA, working anything from parades and concerts to regular patrol.