The Landscape Architecture Foundation staff are a small, passionate, and dedicated team.
For inquiries, use the information below or contact individual staff members directly.
Landscape Architecture Foundation
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
General Information: rbooher [at] lafoundation.org
Communications and Media Inquiries: hwhitlow [at] lafoundation.org
Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities: giving [at] lafoundation.org
Scholarship Programs: scholarships [at] lafoundation.org
Landscape Performance Series: lps [at] lafoundation.org
Case Study Investigation Program: csi [at] lafoundation.org
Webmaster: hwhitlow [at] lafoundation.org
Chief Executive Officer
bdeutsch [at] lafoundation [dot] org
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.
rbooher [at] lafoundation [dot] org
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 a Masters in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Director of Programs & Communications
hwhitlow [at] lafoundation [dot] org
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.
mbarnes [at] lafoundation [dot] org
As Program Manager, Megan 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. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Coastal Solutions Fellowship program in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and volunteers with the Neighborhood Design Center.
Megan’s eye for design was developed in her childhood, which was spent running around at art fairs while her parents sold their leather and paper goods. Megan has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.
dgooze [at] lafoundation [dot] org
David Gooze manages Leadership and Scholarships programs for the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He brings a background of project management in the nonprofit and government sectors. David previously worked in international environmental development, supporting a program in Sub-Sahara Africa to improve agriculture techniques.
David’s love of the outdoors began as a child hiking in the Rockies, and continued into adolescence and onwards as he embarked on rock climbing, hiking, biking, and rafting trips throughout the country. When working with youth in the Student Conservation Association, he saw firsthand the effect nature has on people and the positive effect that being outside has on young adults. He even wants to share the outdoors with his cat, Kubo, who he is training to hike in the parks of Virginia. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon.
rdoehring [at] lafoundation [dot] org
Rory Doehring’s role at LAF is to elevate the voice of the Foundation, and of landscape architecture more broadly, in the world as Communications Associate. With experience in research and content creation, they bring an eye for story-telling and fact-checking to the Foundation’s writing. Rory previously worked in grant writing, submitting City, State, and Federal proposals to promote access to opportunities for under-resourced urban communities.
Rory’s affinity for nature began in their youth during annual camping trips to Acadia National Park. They see landscape architecture as an opportunity to bring the benefits of nature to those who are unable to access faraway parks and wild places. Rory holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hofstra University and is completing a thesis for a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Missouri.
csanders [at] lafoundation [dot] org
Christina serves as LAF’s Development Manager. Prior to joining LAF, Christina spent time in the private sector focused on leadership and financial growth for a Fortune 100 company. Raised in the suburbs by a landscape architect, Christina sheepishly admits that she didn’t fully appreciate the value of landscape architecture until she moved to her first city. There, she became a frequent visitor of and an avid supporter of various forms of urban social infrastructure, especially her neighborhood parks.
As a converted urbanist with a love for the outdoors, it’s not uncommon for Christina to log a few thousand miles on her bike(s) each year. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and hotel, restaurant, and institutional management from the University of Delaware.
dmccue [at] lafoundation [dot] org
As LAF's Development Associate, Devin McCue brings fundraising experience that will help the Foundation to achieve its organizational goals. Devin has previously worked with local nonprofits promoting resiliency in New Orleans where he attended graduate school. His data-oriented focus and event management experience support the important work of the development team.
Devin holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and art history from Texas Christian University where he also coached gymnastics and learned to do a backflip, a skill he still claims to have today despite what his knees say. After completing his B.A., Devin attended Tulane University where he received a Master of Management.