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Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, LAF’s New Executive Director




“I’m looking forward to reaching out to other environmental organizations to develop partnerships and joint programs.” —Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, new executive director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation


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Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, has been selected as the new executive director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), beginning April 27, 2009. The announcement was made by LAF President Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, LEED AP, who chaired the transition committee to find a suitable replacement for the position that’s been held by Susan Everett, FASLA, since 1998.

Mr. Carmichael said Ms. Deutsch brings a combination of enthusiasm and management experience to the position.

She earned a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia and spent a decade as a marketing rep for IBM before returning to school to study landscape architecture.

With a masters in landscape architecture from the University of Washington, she worked on new town planning and infrastructure in Hong Kong for a landscape architecture firm. She then returned to the U.S. to teach for two years in the University of Washington’s landscape architecture department.

She became a senior director of the Casey Trees Endowment Fund, where she secured $350,000 in grant funding for strategic projects and led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory.

She was also active in helping develop the D.C. Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002. She has testified at hearings in D.C. on land use, stormwater management, tree cover and green infrastructure.

Ms. Deutsch left Casey Trees in 2006 after receiving a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

In 2007, she won an ASLA Professional Research award for the EPA grant, “The Green Build-Out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, D.C.”

Most recently, she has been associate director at BioRegional for its One Planet Communities program in Washington, D.C., working on sustainability plans and strategies for a variety of international projects.

She is also currently a lecturer in the Landscape Sustainable Design certificate program at George Washington University where she introduced the water budget analysis tool into the curriculum.

Ms. Deutsch will spend about a week with Executive Director Susan Everett to ease the transition before Ms. Everett’s departure at the end of April. The LAF executive committee will meet with the new executive director on May 1 to identify priorities for the first six months, along with Board and staff roles and responsibilities.


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