A message from our company founder, Sophia Habl Mitchell

I started Sophia Mitchell & Associates in 2011 with the goal of providing high-quality environmental consulting services, with a focus on environmental documentation for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and project management.

After working for both small and large environmental consulting firms, and mentoring with some of the best in the industry, I concluded there was a niche I could fill by providing cost-effective environmental consulting services on projects of a variety of sizes. I look forward to learning more about your projects and how we can be of service. Let’s collaborate!

At SMA we bring a strong “customer service” approach to each project and truly enjoy the work that we do.


Sophia Habl Mitchell, LEED AP BD+C
Owner + Environmental Project Manager
Sophia brings 20 years of environmental consulting experience to your projects. She has provided environmental analysis for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and project management support for a variety of public and private projects, including master planned communities, mixed use/transit-oriented development, commercial, light industrial, roadways, water infrastructure, parks and libraries. She is also experienced with CEQA-Plus documentation for securing State Revolving Funds through the State Water Resources Control Board.

Sophia is on the County of San Diego’s CEQA Consultant List for Environmental Impact Report (EIR) preparation for privately initiated projects. She is also on the City of San Marcos’ CEQA Consultant List. She received her B.A. in Geography and Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University and completed graduate coursework in Geography, Planning and Latin American Studies at San Diego State University.

Sophia is a past board member of the Association of Environmental Professionals (San Diego chapter), the Women’s Environmental Council, and the Gualala Rotary Club. She is also a member of the American Planning Association and the U.S. Green Building Council. She volunteers her time at the Sea Ranch Library and as Board member of Redwood Coast Medical Services. Connect with Sophia on LinkedIn.

Melyssa Sheeran 
Environmental Consultant
Melyssa brings 15 years of environmental consulting experience to your projects. Her experience includes the management and preparation of environmental compliance documents for a variety of public and private projects entailing impacts in urban, built-out locations to site-specific impacts in undeveloped lands. Her experience includes Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports, and joint CEQA/NEPA (EIR/EIS) projects.  Her projects have included a diverse background including a Multiple Species Conservation Program Subarea Plan EIS/EIR, a controversial Mitigated Negative Declaration for an annexation project, and multiple land development EIRs in Lake Elsinore and Calexico.

Melyssa completed her M.A in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy at San Diego State University. She conducted research for her Master’s Thesis on effective policies to ensure the implementation of mitigation measures for environmental impacts identified in environmental review documents.  She was selected to present her research at the California Association of Environmental Professionals and California American Planning Association state conferences.


Meghan Scanlon, WELL AP
Senior Environmental Analyst
Meghan 13 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource management to your projects. Experienced with the preparation of environmental documents for public and private clients, Meghan has also been responsible for day-to-day and long-term strategic planning for conservation properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. She possesses an uncanny attention to detail and a love of correct semicolon usage.

Meghan received her degree in Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego. She is a world traveler and has spent extended time in Spain, Thailand and Australia. She is also a registered yoga teacher.