Barbara has a diverse background in both the private and not-for-profit sector. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before making a career change to become a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF’s Landscape Performance Series strategic research initiative. Prior to LAF, Barbara worked on re-greening cities from Hong Kong to Washington, DC. She served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional’s OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC to deliver Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Livable communities. In addition she served as Senior Director of Casey Trees where she led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory, Citizen Forester Program, and 1425 K Street Green Roof Demonstration Project. She was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant “The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC”, which has helped inform EPA’s proposed new stormwater ruling and the District of Columbia’s stormwater planning and programs.
Barbara earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Barbara Deutsch, FASLA
With a background in urban planning, environmental engineering, and education Heather has spent the last decade promoting sustainable development through the use of green infrastructure and alternative transportation. She coordinates LAF’s Landscape Performance Series initiatives, scholarship programs and communications. Prior to joining LAF, she was the Director of Planning & Design at Casey Trees in Washington, DC where she worked closely with policy makers, residents, developers and designers to encourage the use of green infrastructure and promote policies and designs that increase tree canopy. Past experience also includes several years as a transportation planner in local and regional government, managing asset management programs, bike and pedestrian facilities construction projects, and GIS modeling.
Heather holds B.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland.
Director of Programs and Communications
Jennifer manages LAF’s scholarship and leadership programs. She is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 11 years of professional experience in Southern California, San Francisco, New York City, and most recently, in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. As a designer and project manager, she has worked on a wide range of public and private sector project types and scales in collaboration with a diverse spectrum of client and stakeholder groups and leaders in the design, architecture, and engineering industries. Some of her past project work include parks, campus master plans, urban streetscape and plaza design, playground design, environmental restoration, and modern landscape preservation work.
Jennifer’s primary passion and drive as a landscape architect is to improve environmental health and social equity through landscape design, valuing community engagement in the design process and the transformative power that landscape can have on improving both mental and physical well-being. Jennifer earned a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.
Megan Barnes manages LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and other Landscape Performance Series initiatives. She has a diverse background in landscape architecture, international development, and nonprofit work. Before joining LAF, she was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Guatemala and Panama in health and community gardening. In Panama, she led a university program to develop a hydroponic garden and supported Panamanian wildlife conservation efforts. In Guatemala, she focused on grassroots community development and women’s empowerment.
Megan has a masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her past experience also includes nonprofit management work for the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy and horticulture training as well as master planning for Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Rachel has a diverse background in both the private and nonprofit sectors, with experience in project management, operations management, and grant writing. Prior to joining LAF, Rachel was a grant writer for Sustainable Solutions Partners in California, where she successfully wrote green infrastructure grants and promoted sustainable practices. Past experience also includes work with the World Resources Institute assisting with research, writing, and schematic development for their Mississippi River Basin Nutrient Trading Project and their Farm Conservation Targeting Projects. While attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Rachel focused her studies on environmental and development policy, planning, and design. Advocating the need to bridge the gap between policy and effective on-the-ground solutions, Rachel’s thesis investigated issues of scale in sustainable development policy, suggesting the need for policy reforms.
Rachel earned a B.S. in Liberal Studies and Comparative Religion from California State University, Fullerton, and is currently completing a Masters in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
With a background in the private sector and a commitment to living in balance with natural systems, Christina joined LAF as the Development Manager to enhance LAF’s fundraising programs and to further her commitment to sustainable development. Prior to LAF, Christina spent four years with Apple, working between Washington, DC and San Francisco. During her time at Apple, Christina drew from her background in marketing and held a role in business-to-business sales before joining the Apple Store Leader Program (ASLP), a competitive 24-month management training program. Upon completion of the program, she went on to excel as a manager dedicated to achieving company metrics and financial growth while simultaneously upholding Apple’s credo and ensuring employee development. Most recently, Christina spent a year abroad with a philosophy to “travel slow”. Along with enjoying the thrill of each new country, Christina traveled intentionally in order to observe the impact of development on societies and cultures.