Skip to main content

LAF Welcomes New Director of Development

Cara Chard smiles in front of plants

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to welcome Cara Chard, who joined the organization on November 2 as Director of Development. Cara will leverage the skills she has developed over a successful career to generate the funding and nurture the partnerships that support LAF, its programs, and mission over the coming years.

Cara brings over ten years of nonprofit experience to her role as LAF’s Director of Development. A former teacher, Cara left the classroom in favor of plants and rooftops in New York City, where she taught K-12 students about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and the urban environment through outdoor experiential education programs on urban farms. As the founding Executive Director of City Growers, Cara cultivated the programs, partnerships, and funding pipeline of a green roof farm-based educational nonprofit in New York City. Prior to joining the LAF team, she worked as a consultant, providing nonprofit management, grant prospecting, writing, and editing support to nonprofits and NGOs.

Cara received a BA in Philosophy from Hamilton College and a MA in Education from New York University. She loves to nerd out about bees, battle the invasive plants in her wooded backyard, and coach her daughter’s soccer team.

We are excited to welcome Cara to the team!

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.