Founder & Managing Partner | Shawn Smith Hoffman

Raised in Iowa’s Mississippi Valley, Shawn had a childhood filled with outdoor adventures and experiences that planted the seed for what would become a passionate commitment to respecting nature and all of its inhabitants.  Her love of nature led her to Vermont to attend one of the nation’s top-ranked environmental law schools.

After graduating from law school in 1998, she began her real estate career at LandVest, a prominent firm in Boston. After seven years, Shawn’s entrepreneurial instinct took hold and she launched Earth Asset.

Shawn’s law background is complemented by 15 years of land planning, appraising and transactional experience.  She has analyzed and valued a wide range of real estate asset types, has been awarded assignments ranging from 1 to 445,000 acres, and routinely values properties in the $5 - $50-million range; she has over $750-million of real estate asset evaluation experience.  In addition to her advisory services, Shawn has participated in marketing and sales projects totaling over $150-million. Her valuation and marketing participation resulted in several properties selling at record-setting prices.

Shawn’s work has taken her all over the continental USA, as well as abroad. Her clients include private landowners, land trusts, attorneys, financial advisors, wealth management and trust officers, educational institutions, municipalities, state and federal governmental agencies, corporations, and investment groups throughout the USA, as well as international non-governmental organizations, businesses and financial institutions.

Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1995. In 1998, she received her Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.  In 2013 Shawn was awarded her Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute – Australia.  She is presently working to earn her Nutritional Education Trainer certification from Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Education Institute.

Shawn is an expert in conservation easement planning and valuation, a licensed broker and certified general appraiser, and an accomplished negotiator.  Her multi-disciplinary synergy assures that important details aren’t overlooked in the process of buying, selling, or planning for valuable real estate assets.  She can spot creative opportunities and catch potentially costly problems not typically visible from the perspective of any single profession, affording Earth Asset clients tremendous advantage.

Shawn is passionate about optimizing health, and considers herself a Nutritarian and avid athlete.  She enjoys long-distance and trail running, mountain biking, hiking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and P90X/P90X2, especially when wearing her newest piece of gear – toe shoes.  Most of all, Shawn loves spending time with her family at their home in Vermont, where the sound of jazz and aromas of gourmet Nutritarian cooking can be found.